1 March, 2003Issue 2.2Creative WritingOriginal Poetry

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Suffrage, 1901

Edward Davies

Lou Hoover stands cocky, contr’apposto,
in the slouch hat of an American marine
and tough white linen, face in shadow,
no sign of whalebone or crinoline.
One hand, one foot rest on—proud, like ‘My son’—
wheel rim, recoil blocks of a modern four-inch gun.
Behind her: the wrecked skyline of Tientsin.

Edward Davies has been publishing poetry and short fiction since 1993, with over thirty publications to his credit. He has won Oxford’s Martin Starkie Prize, and honourable mention in the Neville Coghill Prize.