Joanne Matthews3

I fell in love
dear listener

but then I fell
in love:

a dateless world
where time built itself
around us

and images fracture
through sodium chloride


asleep in the sunshine
salt crystals crust
over her face

clouding the city
salt plumes hover
over the sky


unable to adapt
some retreat beneath ground
while others bathe
their bodies shaking
mineral skin


we walked
and whispered
we didn’t get salt in our eyes


Joanne Matthews is from Brighton, now based in Edinburgh. They work collaboratively across performance, audio, video, installation, photography and drawing. Their film, ‘at first, and then’ is screening on MAP until 5 July, 2023.

This version published here has been edited for the web.