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Poetry: 'pensées impures'

Written by Charlie Baylis

a cento from golnoosh nour’s impure thoughts

i am what they call ex tremely bi sexual 

i bathe in mirrors, moonbeams, blossoms

i am the transfixed horrors

i always wanted it      darker    harder 

i don’t want to listen to you

i don’t want it nice and sweet

i’m constantly vibrating like       temporalities     ethics     garbage

the arrogance of my flesh, the wrong schedules

i don’t think i am even breathing correctly

but you     two emerald moons

you slurp your squid and gaze at me

you’re so spoilt i want to suck you off

soft salmon pink and ready to tongue

i need to be hyper and smell like my father

you    ecstatic heavy     and light

you, you did everything wrong

i shall break you and you will beg for it

About the Author

Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the editor of Anthropocene. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize. His first collection of poetry a fondness for the colour green is published by Broken Sleep Books. He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality.


Dr Golnoosh Nour is the author of The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories (2020) and Rocksong (2021) – both shortlisted for the Polari Prize. Golnoosh’s poetry pamphlet Impure Thoughts came out with Verve Poetry Press in 2022. She’s performed her work in literature festivals and events across the UK and internationally. Her work has also been published by Granta, Vintage, and Columbia Journal.


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