For me you were

the broken echo down a chasm
the melting of the poles and simultaneously
diamond hardness without beauty

an event horizon beyond which there is nothing

a fugue without a subject
empty academic counterpoint

the refutation of Forster’s theory of rounded characters
at least as far as real life not a novel is concerned

the last syllable of Macbeth’s soliloquy
the buffers at the end of language

a mausoleum of metaphors
a cemetery for similes

and indeed smiles

Jonathan Taylor is an author, editor, critic and lecturer. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015) and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester in the UK. His website is

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