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Jörmungandr – A Poem By Carol J Forrester

I’ll start at the toes,
and not quite in joint
with one another.

Pause around the ankles.
Suckle them
like gobstoppers
to the marrow.

Crunch shin and calf,
ravish thighs
till the fat glistens
along my jawbone.

Pick the pelvis clean,
pop each ovary
between thumb
and forefinger.

Still juicy and ripe.

Pull intestines,
lungs, liver, heart,
kidneys free.
Mince into a pie.

Portion each breast
out with the cuts
to ensure a moist

Lick the remains clean
from each finger.
Grind the bones
between my teeth.

Leave one hand for eyeballs,
seasoned tongue
tastes a lot like ox,
ears more like bacon.

At the end,
begin again.

With Halloween just a couple of days away, I thought I’d share one of the more monstrous poems from my poetry collection, ‘It’s All In The Blood’ which sounds like a much darker collection when associated with this poem on its own.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. This was fiendishly good and I’m worried what your husband made you for dinner now 😂

  2. sanaarizvi says

    It was absolutely amazing to hear you read today, Carol! 💝 You are gifted 🙂

  3. Mmmmm…Delicious!
    I got here as quickly as I could to experience this again. The page does your live presentation justice.

  4. Hearing you read this tonight gave me quite a start! Things that go bump — and crunch — in the night!

  5. I was concentrating on the reading and didn’t recognise the poem until I saw it on my screen. I have It’s All In The Blood on my Kindle, and dip into it from time to time. Your reading gave it an extra monstrous quality, Carol! My favourite lines for sound and yuckiness are:
    ‘Pause around the ankles.
    Suckle them
    like gobstoppers
    to the marrow’
    ‘Pick the pelvis clean,
    pop each ovary
    between thumb
    and forefinger.’

    • Thank you Kim, it’s really lovely to hear that you like the book. I really enjoy preforming this poem mostly because of the horrified looks from people who’ve never met me before.

  6. Such a wonderful, visceral poem! So full of sounds–and ickiness that made my skin crawl. It was great to hear you read it.

  7. OH this is a creepy one!!! And even more so with your reading of it. YIKES! I was almost to the point of having my stomache turn inside out with this one! And yep….you definitely achieved the dark side, the Halloween write with this one! WOW!

  8. OH how I wish I had made it to the Meet before doors were locked! This is an amazing write, amazing. Loved reading it, would love to hear it.

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