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Heart by James McDermott

the heart weighs a pound you spend ninety nine

pence on my lidl valentines day card


unlike other cells heart cells don’t divide

my heart is the same size as two hands clasped


you won’t hold my hand in public in case

we get beaten my heart beats one hundred


and fifteen thousand times each day you said

I love you once monday is the day when


most heart attacks happen on christmas day

you leave me for a man in new jersey


the smallest mammal the american

pygmy shrew has the fastest beating heart


if you were to stretch out my blood vessels

they extend over sixty thousand miles


James McDermott’s plays published by Samuel French include Rubber Ring and Time and Tide. Their poetry collection Manatomy is published by Burning Eye and ‘Eraised’, their forthcoming pamphlet of erasure poems, will be published by Polari Press. James’s poems have been published in various magazines including The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Cardiff Review,The York Literary Review, Popshot Quarterly, Ink Sweat and Tears,Confluence, The Adriatic and Dawntreader. James was shortlisted for Outspoken’s Performance Poetry Prize 2020 and Commended in The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 judged by Andrew McMillan. Twitter: jamesliammcd Insta: jamesmcdermott1993

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