Emily Bilman

Dr. Emily Bilman teaches poetry in Geneva as London’s Poetry Society’s Stanza representative in Switzerland. Her dissertation, The Psychodynamics of Poetry: Poetic Virtuality and Oedipal Sublimation in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Paul Valéry was published by Lambert Academic in 2010 and Modern Ekphrasis in 2013 by Peter Lang. Her poetry books, A Woman By A Well (2015), Resilience (2015), and The Threshold of Broken Waters (2018) were published by Troubador, UK. Poems were published in The London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Offshoots, San Antonio Review, Expanded Field, Poetics Research, Oxford School of Poetry Review, The Battersea Review, The Blue Nib, Poetica Review, E.Ratio, Tipton Poetry Journal. She blogs on http://www.emiliebilman.wix.com/emily-bilman

The Virtual Child


In sole retreat of worldly direction,

The poet loved his Lady with a guilty

Conscience and the fear of unfaithfulness,

Her early death haunting him into keen

Introspection. Like a candid paper-rose

The Lady shone within her corolla

Lit with pure light. Still, the poet loved

Her other-ego, herself a concession


To Love screened by the grace of her virtue.


The virtual child pleaded Love for pity

As he passed with his Lady into Lethe.

He sublimated an unrequited Love into

The language of sonnets, the poet’s

Resolution to atone mourning and loss.