The Rites of Dismemberment-Art Allen


Illustration by Sagarika Tumkar

My sleepy face begins appearing

in the backs of crab shells on the Oresund coast,
shocked and distilled through the world.
Fibres of milk and blood and urine. I can see your body
smashed into a pattern that is completely new.

Art Allen is from Colombo, Sri Lanka currently studying for an MA at the University of Oxford. His poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in a number of national and international magazines including: The Irish Literary Review, The Amsterdam Quarterly, Wilderness House, The Oxonian Review, The Cadaverine, IS&T, Cake, Cactus Heart, Eyot and Elbow Room.