‘Stephanie’ by Caroline Bird

OK, this is technically a poem. Yet it is also short and a story. It is a short story about what happens when a sex addict and a lesbian recovering from a bout of ‘goodbye world’ share a room in rehab. It is about love and hope and repair. It is delicate and raw and ends with a bracing, beautiful reversal that would be the envy of many prose writers.

In In These Days of Prohibition, 2018, Carcanet, and available online on the Poetry Society website