The Antidote by Nicki Heinen


A bloody receipt
Curled at the sides

A battered book
Spine worn, frontispiece torn

A mossed stone
Heavy as a broken heart

A rusty key
No longer used

A child’s hair
Light and delicate

A kiss
A kiss
A kiss

Nicki Heinen is widely published in magazines and anthologies, including Magma and Bad Betty Press’ The Dizziness of Freedom and Alter Egos. She founded and hosts Words & Jazz, a poetry and music night at the Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston. Her debut pamphlet Itch is out now with Eyewear Publishing, and was an LRB Bookshop Book of the Year.

Nicki's book

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