Colette generously allowed us to publish, for a fixed period only, an early draft of this poem. It can now be found, in its definitive form, in her new collection Self-Portrait in the Dark, published by Picador, in September '08.
Colette Bryce is the current North East Literary Fellow at the universities of Newcastle and Durham. She has published two collections with Picador, The Heel of Bernadette (2000) and The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004). A new pamphlet, The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov, was published in January 2008 by Donut Press.
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Self-portrait (in the dark, with cigarette) © 2007 Colette Bryce: used with permission.
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