ELIZA CRAWFORD

English graduate from Falmouth University. 

MA History postgraduate from the University of Exeter.

    West Devon

 @elizacrawford_

space race

the assumption that I have not yet found myself bothers me

I fight the urge to argue back

my misplaced voice is frustrated with the accusation in your tone

and just because it is you who's decided I have not yet found myself

that doesn't mean I have not spent years 

struggling to find a voice which you deem too weak to roar

one person's self assurance is another person' self loathing 

and it is not a space race of who owns the most self-help books to find

who we are

Home-town Blues

The dulcet tones of love on FaceTime,

homesickness calls me at the most

inconvenient times.

Counting down the weeks as though they were

items on a shopping list,

Longing for sweaty night's out and small-town

soap operas,

Living at the end before the present has even

begun.

We sing home-town blues like wolves

to the moon.

Homesickness calls me at the most inconvenient times.

These must be the best three years of your life.

"We cannot continue to evade each other on the deepest levels because we fear each other's angers."

Audre Lorde

Power Play

She dances on well-trodden tiles of

anticipation,

Fighting the fantasy of stolen glances and 

flirty phone numbers,

As she looks round the room for the one person who

matters.

An unasked for squeeze makes the walls

move in closer,

Alcohol licking her liver as she tells him to

stop.

Met with furrowed eyebrows and vacant

expression,

He moves upstairs to the cesspool of embarrassment,

She goes to the bathroom as if it were nothing.

A power play between strangers,

Teach him a lesson and he'll tell you how to learn it.

And then he'll do it again.

And again.

And again.

 

an ode to cornwall

where waves that nod and bounce and grow,

free of weight and guilt,

carrying salty smells and familiar sounds of

home,

gyllingvase welcomes us and opens her arms,

to circles of friendship and scarlet bonfires,

and we three sit and watch the sun burn 

into the sea,

with highlighted cheekbones of teenage

hopefulness.

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"My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, 'Yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better."'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie