Today we present a selection of shorter poems from Rishi Dastidar, Fran Baillie, David O’Hanlon & Mark Totterdell
Risk Pattern Haiku
(compliant with all relevant EU regulations as they currently stand)
The one thing they fail
to teach you at Eton is:
don’t play with matches.
Nooz a green time, when aathin kid be guid,
when Summer’s laives unraivle, aa seems weel,
til, fuckt up again beh aa yon human greed
nae ither wey ti live’s how it maks mi feel.
Ach Rabbie, Eh’m in pain ti let yi ken
yir hopes fir britherhood will nivvir be;
it’s comin yit ti nivvir come ti pass,
the hale warld’s mired in shite an’ll ivvir be.
June 23rd 2016
We’ve made our mark and had our say
and now there’s nothing more to do
than cross the borders separating
each room from the other,
lose our clothes and lose ourselves
and not break contact till the morning
when we wake up in this country
Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times, Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre amongst many others, and was most recently in Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe, 2014). He is a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine.
After retirement Fran Baillie studied for an M.Litt and was tutored by the late Jim Stewart. She has been published in Gutter, Lunar, Sentinel, Southlight, Gladrag, Poet’s Republic, Prole, Lallans and many others.
David O’Hanlon is a poet based in the Newcastle, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Rialto and Acumen. His first full collection, History, was published by Valley Press earlier this year.
Mark Totterdell lives in Devon. His poems have appeared widely in magazines including Agenda, Ambit, The Rialto and Stand. His collection This Patter of Traces was published by Oversteps Books in 2014.