Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly’s first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye). She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House, London, and has been running Bijou Torriano live events during the pandemic within COVID guidelines. She is the co-editor of The Deaf Issue, Magma 69 and is a board member of Magma Poetry. In 2019, she read at Poetry International, Southbank Centre for d/Deaf Republic: Poets on Deafness. She is currently studying British Sign Language, and is a freelance journalist writing about technology and business. Her latest pamphlet, From The IKEA Back Catalogue, is published by New Walk Editions 2021.

Lisa Kelly

Photo: Greg Freeman


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Personalise Your POÄNG

with a VISLANDA black and white washable cover.
Its delicate leaf pattern will fade, but not fall.
Seated and settled, let’s switch on SMILA BLOMMA,
a floral disc with battery that shines pinkly from the wall.

The BLOMÖRT bedspread/blanket, easy to maintain,
is made of extremely soft fleece. Sleep easy, flower herb,
don’t toss BLOMÖRT into bolmört or henbane –
its sticky hairs and nightshade designed to disturb.

Rather, slip under an ASTRAKAN quilt, green as an apple,
the symbol of Swedish emigrants who stitched seeds into hems,
made new homes in Minnesota. On the terrace we grapple
with a BIGARRA pot, a white-heart cherry minarette stem.

The leaf stands clear of the clear glass of the BLADET vase,
mouth blown by talk of kidneywort against stranguries,
comfort of BLÅSIPPA covers, BRUNKRISSLA hours
pillowcasing bruises, ploughman’s spikenard for itchy skin’s ease.

Close curtains along LUMMIG rods to hide a leafy garden
for the promise of a LÖVA canopy, tree frogs sheltering from rain.
Sugarsnap pea, pour a libation from the SOCKERÄRT jug, pardon
the little seed in the FRÖ mini greenhouse for its sterile strain.

Lisa Kelly

From The IKEA Back Catalogue (New Walk Editions, 2021)