Jamaican Macabre by Maggie Mackay

It will be my pleasure to poison Mr Rae

as him eats in the Great House.

The fools, Lord Belmore and Sir Willoughby Cotton

dance the Creolian hop a la Mustee.


I slave in his kitchens,

my belly fired after him rape mi in the scullery

like I was his peaberry fruit.

His boasts ride on fiddle jigs into the valley

where my baby sleeps.


Maggie Mackay is a brave-hearted Scot and a final year MA Poetry student at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has work in various print and online publications, including A New Manchester Alphabet, Bare Fiction, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Indigo Dreams Publishing and Three Drops Press.

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