She was caught by a hook in the dark of nightclub corridors: arms in lace gloves, the sticky lager ledges where she’d rest elbows and listen as they all watched and mirrored poses. Eight years on she walks Wednesday nights through a demoted mining town, ear buds reducing the world to this song, the sky, a clear plan forms to get on with her life. She’s restless under buckets of coal and locked back doors with thrown-away keys, the books she never wanted to read. Time moves on from angry boys setting fire to the bottom of gardens, enraging the faeries, digging graves for their youth. Each of these is part of her – the beer stains, the coalhouse door – but missing pieces call from new streets, waiting to be rearranged.
About the Author
Kate Garrett’s writing is widely published – most recently or forthcoming in Dreich, Frost Zone Zine, Riggwelter, and The Spectre Review. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, and her latest pamphlet, A View from the Phantasmagoria, was published in September 2020. Born and raised in rural southern Ohio, Kate moved to the UK in 1999, where she still lives on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and a sleepy cat. Visit her website www.kategarrettwrites.co.uk or Instagram @thefolklorefaery.