Mouths

Delighted to have a post in Dear Damsels!

by Hannah Chutzpah

You with the dark eyes
The electric smile
And the relationship:
Your attention pulled me taut
I walked your compliments like a tightrope
Wobbled between aloof & over-eager
Dismounted with a bow
Cheek-kiss goodbye
Walked home alone, unsure of the show
All sickly yearning and heartstring regret

* * *

It is sweet, sweet, lipmelt soft
It is years of warm maybe
Of hidden smiles now arrived
As awkward-nervous to see me
As I am it.

It is sweet, sweet, lipmelt soft
A trail of small kindnesses
Still warm from the road
It is feeling no fear at his height or strength
His fingers running through my hair
As he grips – holds – our lips less than an inch apart
It is that small gasp, expectant surrender
And then

It is sweet, sweet lipmelt soft

* * *

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Now with music! The Sad Machines by Before Victoria

The Sad Machines is an electro concept album all on the theme of depression. It has spoken word tracks which pack even more or a punch with a backing of synthy music which swings between hypnotic, heartbeaking and the kind of badass where you need a long coat billowing in the wind and a choreographed fight scene.

Review: Sign my Citalopram by Hannah Chutzpah

Natasha Borton

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Sign my Citalopram is a collection of poems from Hannah Churzpah’s one woman touring show ‘Asking Nicely’ / ‘Confidence Tricks’. At it’s heart the collection is an exploration of permission. How that effects us individually and socially, about how we navigate modern society and ultimately how we navigate ourselves through this minefield of permissions, both granted and revoked.  It highlights a very modern dilemma of How, Where and Why we ask permission of both ourselves and others.

As Chutzpah says in Permission ‘This is for the women who’ve stopped counting calories/ And started counting stars’ in a world seemingly filled with the individual Chutzpah’s writing style is crammed with colloquialism and personal anecdotes that tease familiarity from the reader. The collection is like sitting down with an old friend and setting the world to rights. Chutzpah reminds us that we all experience solitude and isolation and…

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Confidence Tricks – Video

Confidence Tricks is touring the UK October & November 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obs74QTufTA This tour is possible thanks a grant from the Spirit of the Rainbow Heron Project,  a trust set up in memory of Dora Rachel Franks Daniel. You can read more about Dora’s life here and more about the trust here.  04/10/2016 London, Hackney Attic  07/10/2016 Norwich, Take … Continue reading Confidence Tricks – Video

Confidence Tricks Tour Poster

Dates and links to Facebook events, Eventbrite, etc all below, but the poster is here: 07/10/2016 Norwich, Take 5 10/10/2016 Cambridge, Frank Lee building 11/10/2016 Brighton, Komedia 13/10/2016 London, The PAD, Dagenham 20/10/2016 Glasgow, The Project Cafe 21/10/2016 Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth 25/10/2016 London, Hammersmith 26/11/2016 Sheffield Hallam Uni