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Beachcombing by L Kiew

What the sea has sucked smooth

and spat: green glass, ghostcrab

shell, once-jagged can, bottle-tops,

a doll’s pink head, ripped fishing net,

rusty starfish. Sandflies agitate

as sand settles in my wake.

I’m not sure I’m scrying for.

Tattered tells, some element,

urchin fragments

among the flotsam.


A chinese-malaysian living in London, L Kiew works as a charity sector leader and accountant. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet was published by Offord Road Books in 2019. She was a 2019/2020 London Library Emerging Writer. L Kiew is currently working on her first collection.


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