Thursday, October 1, 2020




Tipsy, soft bodied beetle
known to produce a cold light
from the lower abdomen
to attract mates or prey.
The form of the insect varies
from day to day.
In many species,
both male and female have the ability to fly
but in some
the females are flightless.
Most fireflies are quite distasteful
(to eat)
and sometimes poisonous
to vertebrate predators.
Sit down, honey
pour me another drink.
It would be difficult
to find a friendlier insect
on a warm summer night
such as this.

The State Of Things

Grief and hunger and insomnia
hangovers and migraines and Sundays
a box of secrets under the bed
you’d rather not discover yet
the smell of rotten bananas in the hallway
loud screeching of rats in the streets
or is it anxiety
summer and winter
bad news on TV
a desire beginning to take form
between the eyelids.
You can tell by the stench
that you’re not doing marvellous
but you are doing,
and that’s miles ahead
from anyone’s predictions.

Gettin’ On With It

Seagulls soar through the sky with ease
they know what to look for
and where to find it
they let out a screech here and there
it paints the songs of the ocean
with hints of comedy
then they disappear in the horizon
what is left is the galloping sea waves
arriving and arriving
but never really here.
People tend to have ideas,
they have solutions for problems you haven't presented
urgencies and timelines to tighten the shoelaces
all under the pretence of affection.
People worry so much about things that don't concern them
always finding neat tricks for your salvation
people know no better than to intervene
it proves their god-likeness
and ample hearts.
I soar through the streets with ease
I know what to look for and where to find it
I let out a screech here and there
It stains the days with hints of sorrow
then I get lost into the night
what is left is the sparkles of fire
arriving and arriving
but never really


ELIZABETH TORRES: (Madam Neverstop) Bogotá, Colombia, 1987. Poet, multimedia artist, translator and speaker. Her work intertwines poetry, visuals and soundscapes, language and performance, combining visions and concepts across various art forms and media. Elizabeth is a prolific author of over 20 poetry books published in various languages, most of them which she also illustrated, who has traveled to 30 countries throughout her career as part of cultural events and projects. Elizabeth now resides in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she directs Red Door Magazine and a gallery under the same name and the art & culture podcast Red Transmissions. She is also project coordinator for other initiatives in Europe and abroad. Learn more at


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