Ed Garvey Long
Life coach Ed Garvey-Long is a queer poet from North London. He has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and published his first pamphlet, The Living Museum, in 2019. Ed's poems have featured in Under the Radar, Perverse, clavmag and harana poetry. His hobbies include hand-sewing quilts, and long walks with his husband.
I look up from my muesli
and Jane Austen’s in my kitchen,
red-cheeked from dancing and
tiny like a museum mannequin.
She comes to join me at the table,
doesn’t say a word, smiling warmly
like we share a funny truth.
I don’t say a word either –
what would she make of my accent?
She looks around bewildered but
taking it all in her stride. Maybe she
often falls out of time to join
gay men eating their muesli?
We look at each other awkwardly again
with beaming smiles and a sense of
when is this going to end?
She goes to speak, looking at me directly,
but she fades out,
and then she's gone.
Sunday in the Woods
All the dogs follow us home.
At first we pretend it’s an inconvenience,
but then we start dancing and skipping
with a conga line of cavapoos and dachshunds,
labradors and cockers, huskies,
newfoundlanders and chihuahuas gambolling
and prancing behind us.
Once home, we thrive drenched in dog slobber,
swimming in kibble and poo bags –
our flat’s a Pets At Home warehouse.
But we love them all endlessly, yes.
We love them all more than the bored middle-class families did.
We love the chaos of it, we love the glory and the noise.
And the love: we love the love of having them with us,
falling over each other in an abundant pile,
a glorious fur phantasmagoria.
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Friday and I pick off
the moss of this week
and let myself stand in brightness
our modest windows
yellowing my books
the snake plant
likes to be crowded
and the song thrush
is back to nest
if we have anything
it is borrowed light
warm on our faces
large and powerful and