‘At the end of each song he lays the saxophone on his lap, leans over and spits into a tin bucket. The floorboards under his chair are worn from years of heels tapping syncopated rhythms. His toe breaks through the sole of the boot, yet the shine remains jet black and sharp…’

Three Collage Poems by Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory is a poet and assemblage/collage artist. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is ‘Waiting for Bluebeard’. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat & Tears, and is Course Director and teaches for the UEA/ WCN creative writing programme. A collaborative Tarot pack with the artist Tom de Freston is forthcoming from Gatehouse Press in Winter 2015, and a book of collage cut-up poems from Knives Forks and Spoons Press in Spring 2016.