Anxiety by Andi Talbot

(Beir Bua’s Pushcart Nominations 2021)

I shake hands
with hands that shake
with my anxieties
and he just smiles
and stares a hole
straight through me

before returning
to pacing the corners
of my mind
now
infected with his antics

on a more than regular basis
he starts by
shaping my day before I wake
and closes us out
by twisting my dreams before I sleep

there’s no escaping
no relief
from this living
breathing nightmare

Author Bio:

Andi Talbot is a writer and performance poet from Newcastle, England. They have released two chapbooks, “Burn Before Reading” (2019) and “Old Wounds // New Skin” (2020), both via Analog Submission Press. They are currently working on their debut poetry collection. 

Read the rest of issue one here.

Published by Michelle Moloney King

Poet. Publisher at www.BeirBuaPress.com

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