there's a nightclub where the church used to be. that's what happens when attendance is down and electro swing is up – a natural evolution, whatever the book of genesis or the local parish community group might say. it's not much different – thursdays to saturdays are the sacrament, a communion of 2-for-1 Jaeger bombs and boutique shots with names like brain haemorrhage and total forgiveness. tuneless chanting, organs pulsing, people looking for somewhere to leave their sins for a little while. the stained glass is still there – history is like blood, wine, your tongue against mine. it's hard to wash out.
Henry St Leger is a poet and technology reporter based in London. Their work has been featured in Ambit, Agenda, bind, and the Live Canon International Poetry Prize Anthology. They also contributed a series of couplets to the murder mystery video game, Overboard!, which released in 2021.