Degna Stone is a Midlander is self-imposed exile. She visited Newcastle for the summer in 1999 and never managed to go home. She's a regular performer on the North East spoken word scene and won a Northern Promise Award for her poetry in 2010.
ID on Tyne Press published her chapbook Between the Floorboards in 2010.
How to Avoid Giving Unwanted Advice
Hold your tongue still with your teeth.
Feel the sharp white line press down
until it threatens to draw blood.
Slip into the silences
until your head is submerged
resist the urge to surface for air.
Place your advice in a room of mirrors,
consider it from all angles
as it puts on the finishing touches.
Swallow rhetorical questions whole,
dissolve in stomach acid without reply,
and even then, don't wait for a pause
wait to be asked.
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