Victoria Gatehouse lives in West Yorkshire and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Mslexia, Magma, The Rialto, Poetry News, The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Furies and Her Wings of Glass. Victoria won the Ilkley Festival Poetry competition in 2011 and was a runner up in the Mslexia Single poem competition in both 2014 and 2015.
Following the death of her husband, artist Suzie MacMurray
created a dress made entirely of pins.
You’ll find me glittering in doorways
waiting, like a bride, to snag everyone’s eye.
As a bride, I stood through countless fittings
knew the hopeful calculations of the measuring tape –
now I’ve taken shears to dreams, watched beads
of blood swell and break on the fingertips
of those who re-stitched the seams. Watch me
thread my way across the room. In my wake,
a shivering train, the clicking grief
of one hundred thousand adamantine pins.
From a distance they’re glossy with light,
lie like a pelt. Touchable. Come closer –
held in the smooth weight of each head,
a fleck of memory, the tight edge of a tear.
Poem published in Mslexia, 2014;
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