Joe Marsh: Glebe Cow Monologue


if – upright –
gotta start moo own state
moo polyglot state
lick it from ice


if only or
only if – or –
parse? the moo field
herd the moochain
prove moosen
got plans – may


state is as it used to


coulda n
sellin at Sothes
ton grand of eth – oo oo
over the moon or
mooin that it’s warmer – or
toot of the trumpet – oo oo – oo oo – or
water here –
water’s here –


flood plain’s glee pain moo hoof
all stuck in the mood –

ha ha – or

swim now


Joe Marsh

Joe Marsh is a writer and teacher based in the Derbyshire Dales. ‘Glebe Cow Monologue’ is taken from his debut pamphlet Moo-Ha-Ha which was recently longlisted by Full House Literary. Elsewhere, his poetry has appeared in Anthropocene and his work for the theatre has been produced at numerous venues across London, including Omnibus Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion Theatre and Theatre 503. He has been Playwright on Attachment at Finborough Theatre, a Writer in Residence for First Story and is currently Lecturer in English at Chesterfield College.

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