Disney: Rewrite I



It’s embarrassing, at first.

They expect technocratic, verbal sparring and mind games

She has them dancing with goats off mountainsides


She’s sure hooves are the answer

Hooves, haunches and spring in the hind legs

Beneath the ball-gown, she’s nobody’s carcass


The ball is a pig’s bladder, the goal is a stag’s throat

Blooded and ravenous

They’re a team of huskies.

Ben Willems


Ben Willems has been writing poetry for about 10 years and living in Manchester for four years since studying at MMU. He tries to write poetry which is subversive, suggestive and sonorous. Sometimes it’s acerbic, sometimes it’s slapstick, sometimes it’s sentimentally suspect. Recent highlights include appearing at Platform 1 in London getting a poem into BOMP 3, and having the same poem exhibited briefly on the Rochdale Canal Trail until it was ripped off and ended up in a puddle.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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