I Blame the Parents.

September 18th, 2013 § 0

My dad
is a shabby academic,
developmental psychologist.
My mum
is an ex-Maoist,
critical-realist activist.
They’re amazing
for dinner conversations,
or when you want to come out as lesbian –
they are the last people you want
to buy … Read the rest


July 25th, 2013 § 0

The sun flared in the windows
the balcony hot to touch
we drank the sun down, all gentle, great cheers for passing trains
toothsome youth, drenched in light, celebrates itself


© Michael Wilson 2013… Read the rest

The Disney World War

July 17th, 2013 § 0

The following is the only surviving eyewitness account of what has come to be known as Walt War One. It is the remnants of a diary, maintained by one Michael McGuthrie of the 11th Groundtroops. It is printed with … Read the rest

The Crow

June 19th, 2013 § 0

I wanted to be able to walk up this wall, so I sewed velcro to my hands and feet. A crow came over and bellowed, ‘What on Earth do you think you are doing?’ I explained myself. It called … Read the rest

Ho Chi Minh used to live on this road (or, Standard Weekend)

June 12th, 2013 § 1

Ho Chi Minh used to live on this road.
Some Irish-Australian guy told me this.
My Algerian-Welsh roommate wonders
if we’ll grow up to be revolutionaries, too
then our house will be famous and it won’t
matter how often … Read the rest

On Being The Sober Guy At The House Party

June 5th, 2013 § 1

For Dan Sully

I find it awkward telling people at house parties
I don’t drink. People never respond well.
They tilt their heads and look down
at the guilt in their can.

I’ve seen people at parties strip
deep … Read the rest

The Dog

May 29th, 2013 § 0

Henry found a dog sniffing at his aluminum trashcans. From the screen-door, he whistled. The dog came right away, sitting on its haunches at the base of the concrete steps, awaiting a command. Henry opened the door, “Come on … Read the rest

Tetris (a relationship analogy)

May 25th, 2013 § 1

3… 2… 1…
In the early days it was easy
We slotted together so perfectly
For my every quirk
You had the reverse
Like an enzyme – a key to fit every lock
And together we broke everything down… Read the rest

Video – Vogon Slam – Anil Godigamuwe

April 17th, 2013 § 0

Anil has a Radio 4 in-joke that will make your ears bleed:

Come to the next Vogon Slam
See the full video archive

© Anil Godigamuwe 2012… Read the rest

Video – Vogon Slam – Alan Ashton-Smith

March 19th, 2013 § 0

Alan dresses like a Babel Fish to tell us about Transformers and naming children:

Come to the next Vogon Slam
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© Alan Ashton Smith 2012… Read the rest


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