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Published February 18, 2017
Wax Poetry and Art: "Dyspraxia" by Helen Kay (Fifth Place)
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Dyspraxia

by Helen Kay

The blunt sneer of school scissors has hurt her,  
 The choke turned to tear.

PVA warts, loose screws, right hand nooses,  
 Fay’s perfect doyley,

And the word sucks; the c was a mistake,
 And o should be e.

But, skittle tripping, back-stitching to school,
 Her eyes can sissonne

And snip a small lark from the summer frieze.
 She lives in its twist

Into a slapstick Tarantella fight
 With the sky, her place.

It has cotton wool and dreams, not bruising
 Edges and floor slaps.

Railings shred Nazreen to playtime hell.  
 She shapeshifts to snail,

Sucks the salted yard; her Mum is hanging
 On her cursive thread.


Biography
Helen Kay lives in the North-West of England. Her poems have appeared
in many English based magazines and competition websites. Her debut
pamphlet, A Poultry Lover’s Guide to Poetry, was published in 2015 by
Indigo Dreams. She comes from a onesie free household.
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Dyspraxia

by Helen Kay
(Nantwich, Cheshire, England)
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Poetry Contest #11 Results
1. Tanis
2. The Wake
3. Atrocious War
4. Old World Sand Boa
5. Dyspraxia
6. Sanctuary
7. The Eight
8. Glacier d’Argentière
9. Reviving Lives
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