ONE MONTH AFTER CAMDEN TOWN FIRE, AMY WINEHOUSE DIAGNOSED WITH SKIN CONDITION
Impetigo: A contagious bacterial skin infection, usually of children, that is characterized by the eruption of superficial pustules and the formation of thick yellow crusts, commonly on the face.
In London, everything burns. Whole buildings look left and go
Missing, the city’s soil loosening its grip over the streets.
Pavement falls and my skin goes with it—silly, how
Easy it seems now to develop the night, each fire a photograph of
Two or three things I once blessed, named. Some say an
Infection travels for years unannounced, the way my voice
Grows suddenly some mornings when I’m awake and the air is
Orange and evolving, my face a note to study, to touch.
DOCTORS WARN AMY WINEHOUSE OF FUTURE EMPHYSEMA RISK
Each doctor performs
the lyrics. Let me
Even now, the throat
swallow a sentence
These poems are from a larger series on British musician Amy Winehouse. The titles are inspired by recent newspaper headlines and the poems are written as a reaction to those headlines, a sort of tabloid 'call and response'.