MUSCLE MEMORY | In Leanne Moden’s poem, the musical process becomes play.


by Leanne Moden

soft pressure of calloused fingertips
pausing between chords
fretting over fraught frets

thumbnail tumbling awkwardly
across staccato
strummed rhythms

stumbling through melodies
steep scales scaled
like mountain ranges

it’s all part of the process
perfect is useless
i am enough

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Leanne Moden is a poet from Nottingham. She’s performed at events around Europe, including the Living Record Festival, WOMAD Festival, the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, the Fourth Wave Feminist Festival, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Her latest collection, ‘Get Over Yourself’ was published with Burning Eye Books in 2020.