I Have a Message for You


You feel along the rough wall for the mark you know will be there.

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Irrational to think because you dreamt it, you will find it, but your fingers still search.

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And here it is, reversed on your skin, a secret mark you cannot read.

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You set an extra place at the table and hide a handgun in your kitchen drawer

‘I return to you’ is a new pamphlet by poet Susie Campbell. She says: ‘From my obsession with chalk-marks, scratches and secret street-languages was born first a performance, creating a set of chalk marks which I found particularly resonant, then an interest in taking these marks back out into the street: allowing them to mingle with, and hide amongst the multitude of everyday signs, marks and symbols with which we are surrounded. Finally, the poems arrived in this chapbook, an appropriate form for a series of poems that started out as an interest in itinerants, such as the itinerant pedlars or chapmen who were the original purveyors of these little books. The poems comprise words, marks and photographs that explore our relationship with, and responsibility for,  a world of marks –  including the marks of our written language –  and how technology has in some ways detached us from our marks and in other ways, returned them to us through new forms and media.’

Bio: Susie Campbell is currently working on a practice-based poetry PhD programme at Oxford Brookes. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines including The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry, Shearsman, Long Poem Magazine, 3AM, and PERVERSE. Her poetry pamphlets are The Bitters (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), The Frock Enquiry (Annexe, 2015), I Return To You (Sampson Low, 2019) and forthcoming, Tenter (Guillemot Press, 2020).