this is why I don’t parade
naked in front of you, how I lie
under sheets as far from you
as sleep, why I write –
to screen myself with
prettier than indignity, spicier than
Something that might
Victoria McGrath is a poet from regional New South Wales and has been widely published in journals and anthologies in Australia and the US, including Cordite and Best Australian Poems. She was nominated for the US Best of The Net Award and shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.