September 2017 - Beth McDonough
Beth McDonough studied Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Completing an M.Litt in Writing Study and Practice at Dundee, she was Writer in Residence at DCA (2014-16). She reviews for Dundee University Review of the Arts. Handfast (with Ruth Aylett, Mother’s Milk Books, 2016), explored the effect of her son’s autism on the family; Aylett considered her mother’s dementia. McDonough is published in Agenda, Northwords Now, Gutter and elsewhere anthologised widely. She continues to work in an inter-medial way.
A riddle of inexplicable carrying on
Even cabin baggage only, on every flight I freight you. Excess.
Rucksack-stuffed, all rolled clothes in ripping-knicker hurry – no I have
Nothing to Declare, no definitely not Wilde’s genius, nothing – zip.
Yet, we tumble together through security, insecure. I hide you
as I eye-slide tiles, line past, won’t catch either scrutinising stare.
Let’s just endure any serious screenings glassy sentry boxes, grills.
Stay silent. I’ll say nothing of your weight, which I
carry from my country camouflaged as best I can.
I’ll promise not to provoke police, all those officials, before I carry you back.
Unnecessary. Uninvited. I colour up with you. My unallowance.