Julia Webb – Nightmare

Nightmare

David Cameron waves for the camera
David Cameron on a bed with his ministerial red box
David Cameron in black and white with his wife and children
David Cameron on a beach with his shirt off
David Cameron smiling in a white short-sleeved shirt on a boat
David Cameron looking sporty on a bicycle
David Cameron using his laptop on a train
David Cameron on a plane holding hands with a woman
David Cameron behind the wheel of an expensive car
David Cameron aboard a nuclear submarine
David Cameron climbing over a railing
David Cameron leaning forward
David Cameron looking awkward
David Cameron brow furrowed
David Cameron hands together as if clapping
David Cameron finger in the air
David Cameron with his hand in front of his mouth as if making a snide remark
David Cameron shaking hands with the Queen
David Cameron following the Queen up some stairs
David Cameron kissing a baby
David Cameron feeding a horse
David Cameron holding a glass of water
David Cameron holding a pint of beer
David Cameron holding a glass of champagne
David Cameron drinking a cup of Costa coffee
David Cameron looking at his mobile phone
David Cameron looking puzzled
David Cameron with his eyes glazed over
David Cameron gesticulating
David Cameron doing the election salute

Julia Webb is a graduate of UEA’ s Creative Writing MA. She has had work in various journals including Magma, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry News, and The Rialto. Julia is one of the editorial team Lighthouse – a journal for new writing. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet competition. Her first collection Bird Sisters will be published by Nine Arches Press in 2016.

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Julia Webb – Electioneering

Electioneering

Do you know who you will vote for in the election?
We want to hear your feedback and opinions.
Can we put our board in your front garden?

We know your views are probably already hardened,
and voters aren’t keen on changing their direction.
Do you know who you will vote for in the election?

We’ve come today to ask if you’ve any questions,
although our candidate could not be here, just his minions,
can we put our board in your front garden?

Do you think you might take time for some reflection?
Our parliamentary candidate really knows his onions.
Do you know who you will vote for in the election?

You know the current governments an infection,
they only care about people earning millions.
Can we put our board in your front garden?

We hope that we have made a real connection
and that you will increase our party’s chance of winning,
Do you know who you will vote for in the election?
Can we put our board in your front garden?

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Julia Webb is a graduate of UEA’ s Creative Writing MA. She has had work in various journals including Magma, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry News, and The Rialto. Julia is one of the editorial team for Lighthouse – a journal for new writing. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet competition. Her first collection Bird Sisters will be published by Nine Arches Press in 2016.

Julia Webb – evening news

evening news

is not the object to rip a hole through the world
my fabric is bursting at the seams with urgency

the fabric of the universe is torn as if by a wolf’s claw
is not the object to rip a hole through the very fabric

is not the hole in the world growing larger by the second
the screen is cracking to universe hole and smoke leaks

is not the very hole in our universe under question
is not the smoke pouring in through the bomb holes

Julia Webb is a graduate of UEA’ s Creative Writing MA. She has had work in various journals including Magma, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry News, and The Rialto. In 2011 she won The Poetry Society’s Stanza competition with her prose poem ‘Lent’ and in 2014 she was shortlisted for the Poetry School/Pighog Pamphlet competition with her collection Bird Sisters. Julia is one of the editorial team of Lighthouse – a journal for new writing. She lives in Norwich where she teaches creative writing.