The night sky
carries stars between its teeth

like pins in the teeth of a woman
designing a habit.

first published in Bunny (Bloodaxe, 2001), © Selima Hill 2001, from Gloria (Bloodaxe, 2008), used by permission of the author and the publisher


Selima Hill

Selima Hill Reading from Her Poems


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








22Galloping Alopecia

23The Room

24The Angel with Large Hands


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


48Lily Bulbs


50Never Trust a Man Without an Elephant

51Never Be Alone in a Heatwave

52The Quality of My Adoration

53God Bless Lower Alcohol Pina Colada