Tenderfoot

Temptations of the Vine

Author

Gabrielle Everall is studying a PhD in creative writing at UWA where she is writing her second book of poetry Les Belles Lettres. Her first Dona Juanita . . . was published in 2007.

Gabrielle Everall

Bobo like Delilah
bearing her breast
shingled Virginia’s hair¹
scissor sisters
stealing Vita’s
strength.

Her Trunk.

Vita’s body
is a tree trunk
Virginia holds
like a chest of arms
climbs like ivy
licking her back
of illnesses
soft lacunas
becoming meat hooks.


¹Louise DeSalvo and Mitchell A. Leaska, eds., The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (London: Hutchinson and Co, 1984), p. 203.