Jack Houston

just dessert


it was then that
they reached

across the
table & jammed

a finger
into the firm

swirl of
my custard

& digit glistening

to lick
that index

slowly &

while I stared

down &

their knuckle’s

ooze closed


Jack Houston works for Hackney’s public libraries where he hosted an online lockdown poetry workshop. His work has appeared in The Butcher’s Dog, Finished Creatures, Magma, Poetry London, The Rialto and Stand, a number of others and do well in the odd competition. He has work forthcoming in the Eunoia Review, SPOONFEED and The Times Literary Supplement. A debut pamphlet of poetry is due from The Emma Press in March 2022.

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