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Verge 2017 – Chimera


Turner’s Prize 45, XO

(A construct of hope and chromosomal anomalies realised in a miscarriage)

Kerryn Salter

For years,

I’ve been signing off my name

with an ‘xo’—

A kiss and a hug

from a someone, and a no one.

Bloated and bursting with

expectations and an imagined personification

of you,

I am left with nothing. Zero. An ‘oh,

I am sorry.’

An o, where there should be an x.

Hollow sentiments,

instead of something I can put my arms around.

Verge 2017 – Chimera

   by Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates