Amanda Lucas



I never did love you as I loved
the pretty girls sing and swoon

on the radio. What she does
best is what she does: make-up

lines and shoot-up in the little
pretty veins between her toes.

She wears soft pink ballet shoes
and her big glass-kept eyes shine

from the stage, her pupils swelling
to the song she likes best. Always Amy

has something to fall back on -
a lover or a father - something to

think about, as I read your letter over
to make it say what it never did.



Amanda Lucas is an Australian poet and publisher living in Oxford, England. She currently works for Routledge as editor of the prestigious Routledge Classics series of titles.