Cornered the niche
by Claire Trévien 

Do you have to be the witch
          or the queen tomorrow?

Mrs Lovett, Bellatrix, Miss Havisham.
          Different textures, different temperatures,

you always start from the inside out:
          reinvent a corseted

You want to have fun with
          self-definition; your houses
a reluctant vampire that
          never really wanted to grow up.

They think they have
          got you sussed,
                    but you’ve got plenty of room
                    for stubbornness, darling.

SOURCE: Helena Bonham Carter interview by Daniel Radcliffe , Interview magazine (May 2012).

PHOTO: Helena Bonham Carter by Peter Lindbergh, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I adore Helena Bonham Carter and the confidence and flair she brings to every part, as well as her gloriously and defiantly dishevelled appearances on red carpets. She is everything I want to be when I (fail to) grow up.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Claire Trévien is the Anglo-Breton author of Low-Tide Lottery (Salt, 2011) and The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), which was longlisted in the Guardian First Book Awards. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best British Poetry 2012, The Forward Book of Poetry 2014, Magma, and The Guardian.  She edits Sabotage Reviews and the forthcoming anthology Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History.