Vuyelwa Carlin

Vuyelwa Carlin was born in South Africa, grew up in Uganda and now lives in Shropshire. She read English at Bristol University.

Poem: ‘The Surprise’

Vuyelwa Carlin, 4 April 1985

She gutted the closets When he lay deathsick – Found his laces And lipsticks.

– No more grieving For you she said, It’s a waste of good Heart’s blood:

Groan and crumble! – For you stole My Crimson Dawn And Cherry Bowl.

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