Gabriela Garbutt – ‘Lipogram in A’

Lipogram in A

That tall man
all tats and scars
can’t start a spark at a jazz bar
and walks sadly past
as a band plays a ballad crazy hard
a crash-cymbal cracks at a starry sky
a small hand sprawls and attacks a bass
That tall man
falls apart
as rats attack trash cans
and vandals smash glass
and black cats crawl gallantly past

Gabriela Garbutt

Gabi Garbutt is a half Chilean writer and musician living in London. Gabi’s songs have been played on BBC6 Music, BBC Radio London, Radio X and Philadelphia’s WXPN. She has toured Europe and the UK with The Libertines and with Edwyn Collins, and in September 2021 will support The Boomtown Rats on tour. Gabi performs regularly at poetry night in London and has performed at the Aarhus Literary Festival and the St Ives Literary Festival. Last year she was longlisted for Penguin Books’ Write Now programme and she has had poems published in The Delinquent and Literary Spot magazines. ‘Lipogram in A’ was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2021) judged by Oz Hardwick.

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