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FAMILY DINNER (After Caroline Bird)

I read this beaut of a poem by Caroline Bird on her Twitter feed and had a go at documenting my own family.   FAMILY DINNER All five of us put our index and middle fingers in a jar, leave them pickling, like a sausage jar of grace, so’s we don’t cross them behind our backs […]

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Notepad Warrior

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Distance

DISTANCE Absence makes the heart grow hungry. Distance makes the heart eat itself. I hid us under the sofa, tried to let us fester, sat on my hands and feet until they felt dead and I’d miss the last train so I wouldn’t have to face it again.   I called you home and I […]

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Morning after Valentines

The normal-looking man in the pressed tweed suit directs the woman in the M&S uniform to the packet of mixed fruit he believes to be in the £4 meal deal. It is sat under a suggestive, almost sexy, red £4 sign, sure, but its individual ticket says £2, clear as fridge lights. The shop assistant […]

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Christmas Decoration

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The Architect

The Architect buildings were once turgid / perpendicular to the earth / starving catwalks of brick / the Tower of London a pelvis / abdominals / a dick / gesturing starkly / I am a stiff / hard / construct / look up to me while I take your sky /   now / villages […]

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Goldilocks and the Two Bears

I wrote this a while back for a competition at Freeword. It got long-listed, and I got some great feedback, but I did that defeatist poet thing of hiding it away because it didn’t win and was therefore shite. Finally, I went through the judges’ comments and worked on it, hard. Here you go, it’s […]