To emerge from my hideout and stagger to the mirror. To face the stranger in my face. Who is she in the white of her face, like the white of Robert Wyman’s Twin? Is it this white that fills the stalker’s dreams and fuels his nightly propulsion to the one-way mirror? The reflection is distorted. If I break the mirror I’m done for.
"The Compulsion" comes from Lucy Hamilton's Stalker (Shearsman, 2012), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. More information as well as multiple purchasing options are available on the publisher's website.