HCE received a lot of high-quality submissions for The Brutal Issue – sadly, too many to fit inside the magazine! So we offered some of our shortlisted contributors the chance to be published on our website.
Keep an eye on our social media for more great writing like this, in the run up to the release of The Brutal Issue…
Watching a Paula Rego documentary,
the abortion paintings haunting
more than sexual exploitation,
the girl squatting over the bloody bucket.
Waiting. For what? The horrors
of the voyeur’s imagination,
the mind stripped bare
like the drawer of knives
in Larkin’s poem,
saying out loud