Stefanie Bennett

The Soft Domestic Economy

for Paul Summers

Via the vending maelstrom

I get a blighted

portfolio poultice.

An art deco

electric toothbrush.

Three cut-out


square meals – and

a jump-to-it confederacy

of confidence madrigal

where... nothing is

as it seems – just

the usual

acidic glare

from my bed-sit

night nurse

who has

Madam Blavatsky’s


Dear Reader

In pursuit of the common touch

they wanted to know

if I’d stake

my life on it.

Vive la difference!

What I’m most curious of, is

would they then raise

defiant fists

if I didn’t?

Stefanie Bennett © 2018

The Foreign Affair

Bossy was kicking the bucket

long before she did:


the great white froth,


something sinful – & worse

in winter

when the calf

was lost

to heaven.

Cow days. (What’s that!)

A tanned rump

& heads


in Greenwich

mean-time... the eyes

all telling.

She saw


She disarmed it.

After Jeff Wayne’s ‘Forever Autumn’

When a mother leaves

the nest grows

brittle. Sleep

becomes unstitched.

The sun fires

in the belly’s

ribcage – and

the eyes

caretaking fog.

When a mother leaves

the mirage

of invention


Stefanie Bennett © 2018