P R O B L E M S O F B E A U T Y (Sparse Rhyme)
scene: Enter foreman, fluid as time, to offer Theas his help. To praise the particular plumpness of her lips, and no other. Her voice, light as beer foam. To say the body, sublime, streaked by child:
P O S T S C R I P T (with news of the author’s miraculous rebirth)
scene: exeuent omnes, piously. The stage returns, slowly, to its original bareness: populated now by the angel of indistinct peony and his dog. Who ordered these stand-up comedians? Who supplied them with a cheese tray and drink-tickets? Every angel is boring. In the distance, I see a figure of celestial singleness come to purge our English stage:
Toby Altman is the author of two chapbooks, Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015) and Asides (Furniture Press, 2012).