Katherine Gallagher

Turnabout

My room is no longer itself,
the carpet an old painting worn
threadbare with being looked at.

The windows chafe and rattle –
unsettled as children
waiting for a party.

My computer glares back at me,
an accusing spectator
wanting the action to start.

Mirror, that tease,
has its busybody eye
on everything.

My rows of books sit
disconsolate,
desperate for air –

all this restlessness, the plot
on hold. And the door so aware
it holds itself ajar.

A widely-published London-based poet, Katherine Gallagher’s most recent collection is Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, April, 2010). ‘Gallagher is a poet of the eye, the rainbow and of all the feeling senses. (Penelope Shuttle). Her sixth collection Acres of Light is forthcoming from Arc in October, 2016. www.katherine-gallagher.com

A widely-published London-based poet, Katherine Gallagher’s most recent collection is Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, April, 2010). ‘Gallagher is a poet of the eye, the rainbow and of all the feeling senses.’ (Penelope Shuttle). Her sixth collection Acres of Light is due from Arc in October, 2016.