Presently / Oscar Mardell

1.        like the mattress with the layers     

from
that
end


the irritating advert
shapes itself around you
waits for you to fill again
a first impression; or

1.        the remains out at Caerleon

where
and
underneath




we took our gloves off
laughed about the heating system
the baths of the Second Legion
who’s fought and fucked there thirty years
who’d be there right now in a minute
to assess the excavations



Oscar Mardell was born in London, raised in South Wales, and currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he teaches English and Classical Studies. His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications, including War, Literature, and the Arts, The Literary London Journal, 3:AM, and DIAGRAM.

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