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 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

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
See the full video archive

© Alan Ashton Smith 2012… Read the rest

1 new message

March 12th, 2013 § 0

An unread message
it’s probably your mum
but secretly you
hope it could be some
beautiful boy, and
your heart starts racing
pressing ‘read’ you wait
for his love declaration
excitement mounting and
seeing who it’s from
disappointed, you … Read the rest


March 8th, 2013 § 0

This is for the women who don’t ask permission
To be themselves.
This is for the women who are done with working on their contentment
And started working on their lot.

This is for the women whose posture says… Read the rest

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