First Cut by Joe Williams
Swathed in slate and ivory,
newly bound by gold,
they drive in the knife as one.
Beneath the blade,
the snow white surface cracks,
The carved up parts are handed out
to sisters, cousins, college friends,
wrapped in paper bandages,
saved for another day.
Joe Williams is a writer and performing poet from Leeds. His latest book is ‘This is Virus’, a sequence of erasure poems made from Boris Johnson’s letter to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. His verse novella 'An Otley Run', was shortlisted for Best Novella at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. More information can be found at: www.joewilliams.co.uk