distracted

By Deborah Finding



today I did not want to write about desire

I had loftier plans for worthier topics

some notes about injustices, and a page

already half-baked with an idea about a town


but you walked me home last night

after dinner and before you took a cab

so now my hands are your hands, thinking

dextrously of the five delicious minutes spent


kissing you in the rain, our cold wet faces

in refreshing contrast to our hot wet mouths

tongues tasting intoxicatingly of our desserts

and of not having kissed each other for a week



 


Deborah Finding (she/her) is a queer feminist writer from the UK with a background in academia, journalism and activism.


Her interests include gender, sexuality, trauma, mythology and popular culture, and she has been published widely on these in both academic and mainstream press. Publications include interviews and features for DIVA magazine, The Guardian and the Huffington Post, two contributions to IB Tauris’ ‘Reading Cult Television’ book series, and chapters in books on popular culture after 9/11; popular music and human rights, as well as more general intersectional feminist research and writing.


She holds a PhD from LSE’s Gender Institute, focusing on sexual and domestic violence narratives in popular music, and has undergraduate and masters degrees in philosophy and theology from Cambridge University.


In addition to writing, Deborah works with companies who are seeking to make improvements to their organisational cultures, and the wellbeing of their people. She has also previously worked in the NGO sector - in both frontline and spokesperson capacities - for mental health and sexual violence charities in the UK, and remains passionate about these issues, as well as about the power of the arts in therapy.


Originally from the North-East of England, Deborah now lives in London.


She can be found tweeting about the patriarchy, politics and poetry on Twitter or taking a breather on Instagram.