Our Highlighted Writer of the Week is ‘V. Rivers’ for their enigmatic and playful poem ’The Lure’ which deftly and obliquely references the topic of Silence. Silence is magically transformed into silk, and there’s even a sidelong nod to that Marshmello video in there. But most of all I enjoy this poem for the way it relishes and enriches language and wordplay – great work and well done!
The Lure by V. Rivers
Silk’s a stolen thing.
A fig devoured before it yields to leaf litter
a blue tit beak dipped in doorstep milk.
And this lure has a cream to it.
Silken on skin– but
the hard edge of silk.
Is this offering an unguent
to silkenside quartzite
or a call to rub against the nap?
Melt into this marshmallow root
and we voyage
down the throat of an orchid.