POEM Amy McCauley

NWR Issue 104

The Time my Neighbour Died

her washing had been left out for a week.
I waited for the washing to not be there anymore
but after three weeks it was still hanging on the line.
It rained for twelve consecutive days.

I tried to remember the last time I saw her.
In the hallway? On the driveway?
She often looked nervous.
She often argued with her boyfriend about money.
That was the sum total of my knowledge about Beatrice...

Amy McCauley’s poetry has appeared widely in magazines, including Ink Sweat & Tears, New Welsh Review, The North, The Rialto, The Stinging Fly and Tears in the Fence. Her poem, ‘Municipal Ambition’, appeared in the 2014 Viking anthology The Poetry of Sex. She has recently written a play called My Baby Girl and a verse drama based on Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus.

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