Cover photo and design Susan Gold

Elsa Arnett

It has come to this:
A small parcel in swathed in butcher’s paper on my kitchen table,
my mother, two aunts, perched over me, arms crossed,
faces expectant…

To an Editor
Warren Edminster

Thank you for your kind letter.
I have used it to roll cigarettes
which I smoked at sunset.
Your words were warm
and affected me deeply….