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Image by Maisie Hill

Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon

Selima Hill


Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon

Selima Hill


Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon

Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon

When you’re next in Argentina, Lord,
can you get some DULCE DE LECHE for me?
To be gobbled up straight from the tin
with my little spoon
in my big dark house
where I’m pacing about, O Lord,
craving something sweet,
because sweetness and thickness
was where I went wrong, O Lord,
and you’re more like ice
and all I need now is a plastic spoon for my jelly,
O all I need now is a white, moulded spoon
to hold in my hand
as I wait for my white milk jelly.
(You’ll know it, O Lord, by the photograph of the cow
stretching around the tin like a white dachsund.)


first published in Portrait of My Lover as a Horse (Bloodaxe, 2002), © Selima Hill 2002, from Gloria (Bloodaxe, 2008), used by permission of the author and the publisher

Recordings

Selima Hill Reading from Her Poems

1Introduction

2Why I Left You

3Please Can I Have a Man

4Your Girlfriend's Thigh

5Her Little Turquoise Scarf

6Her Little Turquoise Dress

7Her Little Turquoise Breasts

8A Day in the Life of Your Suitcase

9I Know I Ought to Love You

10The World's Entire Wasp Population

11The Man Who Looks for Waterfalls

12When He Follows Me into the Café Looking Nervous

13The Waterfall Man

14I Will Be Arriving Next Thursday in My Wedding Dress

15Fun

16Tulips

17Vaseline

18Moon

19Stars

20Songbirds

21Budgie

22Galloping Alopecia

23The Room

24The Angel with Large Hands

25Sky

26Portrait of My Lover as a Distant Mountain

27Portrait of My Lover as a Doll

28Portrait of My Lover as a Dress

29Portrait of My Lover as a Flower Arrangement

30Portrait of My Lover as a Glass of Water

31Portrait of My Lover as a Goose

32Portrait of My Lover as a Holy Mother

33Portrait of My Lover as a Hook

34Portrait of My Lover's Mouth

35Portrait of My Lover as a Pearl

36Portrait of My Lover as a Tutu

37Portrait of My Lover as a Spoon

38I Couldn't Stand the Smell of the Pinks

39Modest Acts of Extreme Slowness

40Sixteen Reasons for Being a Nun

41Snow-white Katarinas

42The Elephant Whose Sturgeon-like Blood

43Nasty Little Moments on Park Benches

44Everything He Touches Turns to Gold

45The Most Beautiful Woman in the History of Lawn Tennis

46Living, Breathing Lumbar Rolls and Wedges

47Flank-Sucker

48Lily Bulbs

49Midnight

50Never Trust a Man Without an Elephant

51Never Be Alone in a Heatwave

52The Quality of My Adoration

53God Bless Lower Alcohol Pina Colada