Kate Denereaz

Mélusine [excerpt]


…She got hers for audacity,
locking her father
in a mountain. Once a week,
on Saturday, she becomes serpent
from the waist down.
That’s the pathology
of her curse. When her mother
said the words
a distant part of her
split like damp paper,
and there were two,
her and the hex…


Kate Denereaz completed a Faber Academy course in poetry in 2016 and has been writing most days since. She’s a freelance writer and subedits for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Middle East and Africa team, and has a BA in English from UCL.