Neu! Post-Truth Poetics DAY FORTY-EIGHT – Peter McCarey

‘Brexit Pursued by a Blair ‘

Pose as in set down in verse
The pros and amateur cons of referenda
The cons have it
Footnote prose is boring
Poems put the fake in fact
The enquiry probes so gently that it tickles
Blair is back
King of the fucking zombies
One mustn’t call them proles
Or give them benefit cuts
Their pores are clogged – that happens
They scratch their back on telegraph poles
When one of them pours a drink, decline
Or look them in the eye
If they have one
Tell them about suffrage
Talk to them about the polls.



Peter McCarey was born in Paisley in 1956 and brought up in Glasgow. He has studied and worked in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In 1988 he moved with his family to Geneva. His book Collected Contraptions was published by Carcanet in 2011. His major audiovisual work The Syllabary, a poem he has been composing since the mid-1990s, can be found at Cleikit, a large audio visual collaboration, can be found on

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