Your teeth

Rest momentarily

On your Christina Rossetti lips

But your eyes


Contain no hint of piety

And devotional poetry

Is as far from my mind

As the spacecraft

That is presently

Sending images of

The surprising



In a moat

On the surface of

Pluto’s icy moon


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Shale Preston

Shale Preston is an Honorary Research Fellow in the English Department at Macquarie University. Her publications include Dickens and the Despised Mother: A Critical Reading of Three Autobiographical Novels (2013) and the co-edited Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature (2015).

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