When the poet from Porto
lost his treasured notebook
his head started to feel
like a blood-filled bath.
It wasn’t the loss of shopping list
or the plot for his next novel
that most preoccupied the mind,
just the writerly thought about the
paper-based metaphor for death.
In my dream
I was attempting to
or a full set of teeth;
a futile exercise, as it turns out.
Henry is a writer, poet and mental health essayist based in Somerset in the UK. He has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. His latest poetry collection, Psychobabble and Snake Oil, is a collaboration about mental health with Dutch artist Marcel Herms and is available from Egalitarian Publishing.