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Charlie Baylis: Loveless/She Said She’d Call

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In these new poems by Charlie Baylis, we get to see two different sides of the poet: the somewhat detached, seemingly emotionless side of him and the wounded, fragile one. It is a valuable insight into the inner life of the poet trough described (opposite) experiences and a brave attempt by Baylis to reinterpret his encounters in order to find some kind of closure.

Editor-in-Chief, Ana Savković

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on white sand

bouquet of roses

loveless sex

black heat scream

the sky is burning

i fuck you

cherry blossom


my apparition

blue light filters through the blind

displacing centuries

a brush of dust on cherry blossom

she said she’d call

spring turning the cherry blossom blue

apparition of storm clouds

& storms

heavy cherry blossom she said

beautiful from above the rainfall

a baseball curves

an arc to the glove

she never called

my apparition & soft chandeliers

may the devil bless you

About the Author: Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the Editor of Anthropocene and the Chief Editorial Advisor to Broken Sleep Books. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize, he has also been shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer of Literature. His most recent publication is Santa Lucía (Invisible Hand Press). He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality.

Translation from English to Croatian by Ana Savković:

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na bijelom pijesku

buket ruža

seks bez ljubavi

vrisak crne vrućine

nebo gori

jebem te

trešnjin cvijet


moje ukazanje

plavo svjetlo filtrira se kroz rolete

premještajući stoljeća

dodir prašine na trešnjinom cvijetu

rekla je da će nazvati

proljeće plavi trešnjin cvijet

ukazanje olujnih oblaka

& oluje

teški trešnjin cvijet rekla je

lijep iznad padalina

krivulja bejzbol loptice

luk do rukavice

nikad nije nazvala

moje ukazanje & mekani lusteri

neka te vrag blagoslovi

O autoru: Charlie Baylis je iz Nottinghama u Engleskoj. Urednik je online časopisa Anthropocene i glavni urednički savjetnik u Broken Sleep Books. Njegova je poezija dva puta nominirana za Pushcart Prize i jednom za Forward Prize, a također je ušao u uži izbor za nagradu Saboteur za najboljeg recenzenta književnosti. Njegova posljednja publikacija je "Santa Lucía" (Invisible Hand Press). Svoje slobodno vrijeme provodi potpuno odvojen od stvarnosti.


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