Jane McKie’s collections of poetry include Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press, 2007), When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). In 2011 she won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize and published a pamphlet, Garden of Bedsteads, with Mariscat Press, which was picked as a PBS Choice. Her most recent pamphlet is From the Wonder Book of Would You Believe It? (Mariscat Press, 2016). She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
Not Like Us
Nagel asks: ‘What is it like to be a bat?’
I can only guess—is it like nestling
in a nook of velvet with a welter
of siblings? One minute hunger, the next
a snap of jaws around a fizzing whit
of insect life that, to a human, might
taste of white peach or ice-cold Prosecco?
Is it like dusk worn, not as vampiric
grey cloak, but as milk-veined translucent caul?
Batness is as impossible to name
as what it is to be the friend I love—
the one who, unaware of my feelings,
leans in drunkenly at a party to
whisper, ‘that girl looks sexy in half-light.’
Published in From The Wonder Book of Would You Believe It? (Mariscat, 2016)