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John Bartlett

John Bartlett is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories and published non-fiction as well as two Chapbooks and a full poetry collection Awake at 3am. He lives in southern Australia and was the winner of the 2020 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and blogs at: beyondtheestuary.com

the taste of the wolf

with a furtive touch of lips by love wounded
a man will often kiss as if licking honey
I heard thunder when the fly hit the window
then the echo in the Amazon forests

a man will often kiss as if licking honey
the snake lurk behind fragrant flowers
was there an echo in the Amazon forest
the night that we first kissed?

does a snake lurk behind fragrant flowers
the air undulating with dragonflies
the night that we first kissed
when every sense was electrified?

the air undulated with dragonflies
like the taste in the mouth of the wolf
when every sense was electrified
land charged by wind and deceit

did you taste the mouth of the wolf
wash your hair in low-dwelling clouds
in land charged by wind and deceit
with just a furtive touch of lips wounded by love?