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Fairground of Madness

Fairground of Madness

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practised taking the cigarette Cary Grant lit for her
until smoking became unpopular;
watched her mirror lips pout and protest until
Mae West died;
lowered her voice to husky depths and dreamed
of the man who might discover her
(so she didn't have to discover herself)

from She is TV

Danielle Hope's first collection explored the trade off between personality and madness and the rides in a fairground, with striking woodcuts by Shirley Barker. Danielle was born in Lancashire and now lives in London where she works as a doctor. She previously edited Zenos, a magazine of British and international poetry.