I twist the blinds
screw open the view.
The first light
doesn’t wake you.
Nothing moves on the street –
no cat no crisp packet
no slow black streak
of the electric car.
This could be a jigsaw of anywhere
with the clouds stuck down.
I watch you sleep. Your breath
your pull for air.
© Elaine Baker ‘Winter with Eva’
Find me in:
The Emma Press Anthology of Contemporary Gothic Verse, October 2019 (order a copy, here)
Words for the Wild webzine. (Text + audio recording) July 2019
Envoi magazine (Cinnamon Press) Issue 182, Summer 2019
Following my 1 day Residency in the WS Graham Exhibition Constructing Spaces, my poems Search Party and Truth Tapes can be read on the National Poetry Library website, along with my blogpost about the residency. March 2019
The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, where I was commissioned to write a poem in response to work by artist Fred Uhlman, August 2018
The Interpreter’s House Issue 68, July 2018
Proletarian Poetry, June 2018
Mslexia magazine Issue 75, Sept/Oct/Nov 2017
Dream Catcher magazine Issue 35, Summer 2017
The North Issue 56, 2016
Snakeskin 192 (Webzine) January 2013
Poetic Republic: Poems to Talk About (E-book) December 2012
Brittle Star Magazine Issue 30, Spring 2012
Obsessed with Pipework, Winter 2012
Gok Wan Me
Gok Wan my body.
Bear Grylls over my hills.
Freddie Mercury alert me and
Scorsese dilate me.
Tarantino my velcro.
Van Gogh me like toffee and
Jamie froth and spill me.
John Lennon my delusion.
Freddie Flintoff all my clothes
and Ewan McGregor all over me
Gok Wan my body.
© First published in Brittle Star, issue 30, Spring 2012
Growing Up Going Up North
I’m taller than you lately
still out of habit you inadvertently
strap me up snug on the backseat.
In the front you speak mutely
counting the miles earnestly
eyes on the road responsibly.
You pay the bill at the pub where we stop
and I sit dumb, my mouth bottled up
with angry confusion, a bipolar flower
sitting on my strapped-up words
just in case they escape
and slap you in your grown-up face.
© First published in The North, issue 56, July 2016