Susan Taylor

Three poems

Liberty Enlightening the World

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

– Emma Lazurus

The Statue of Liberty has a steel frame
and her skin is copper two cent’s worth thick.
She’s based on a wealthy Parisian dame
and the verse commissioned for her is slick,
even for a West-sider with a rise-again name.

Now this hollow giantess is dandled by her feet
from the sky hooks of a F35 Lightning 2.
Her Greek style drapery drops like a sheet,
exposing pure naked alarm: ‘What is she to do?’
Her lamp flares as she’s engulfed in white heat.



body declined

body plan
body paint

heavenly body
body terrestrial
body forth

body of ocean
body of research
body of whale

body work
body text
body plan

body double
body tattoo
body beautiful

body blow

body shackles
body pain
body fluids

body politic
body  language
body of settlement

body of evidence
body of men
body of resistance

body bomb
body parts
body bag




Fetches from Izmir

Proud Izmir, once Smyrna, laid claim to fame
as the home of Homer, and as for its name –
it’s derived from the trade in aromatic mrryh.

The beauty of the Hellenistic city,
clustering on the low ground
and rising tier over tier on the hillside,
was frequently praised by the ancients
and is celebrated on its coins.
More recently Izmir lives by its seafront kordon
(promenade), which, especially around leafy Alsancak,
 is as fetching and lively as any in the world.

And today, they’re selling lifejackets instead
of bikinis and no longer want the world eyes’
to see the neon wares hung outside boutiques.
One trader puts out his hand to a photographer
in a gesture that says ‘No, please stop!’

Latest reports claim there’s some doubt
the lifejackets on sale here will be good enough
to support any body in deep water.



Stanza 2 is a ‘found stanza’ excerpted from
Stanza 3 is from

Susan TaylorSusan Taylor is from Dartmoor in South Devon and has been writing poetry for a long while. She has eight published poetry collections, the latest, Temporal Bones, appeared from Oversteps Books. One of her hopes is to bring more radical thinking into a conservative rural community… and she has produced a cabaret for 100 Thousand Poets for Change for the past four years.  Her website is


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