Maria Virginia Reina

Still Life with Tulips


The tulips have by now

splayed out

like gnarled cartoons,

so starved of


and solar kisses

that they sink, like women

at their chore.

They droop and drop

amidst their murky vase –

or as you might say,

vase –


with the same quiet contempt

of the female gaze –


or any other still life.


Maria Virginia Reina is a Venezuelan poet living in London. Her recent works are available on Instagram @afraidofvirginia.