Poem of the Week

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Macolm Administered by Nathan Hamilton

difficult     as in a black box in a dark bar     Malcolm
battles admin in the morning       unhappy rain sent
by data gods growing up bad business     their sick words

smudge Malcolm’s forearm misty in a solo     stagger him
till he fluffs his notes and stumbles in his lines
all he wishes     a sturdy bench at night in gardens

to sit and be like other people      lively and with ending
but something has happened somewhere        a hardy friend
may have swung a punch

Malcolm springs back     it must be stopped
made error     questing now      dark eyes
well darker in a violent light of thinking

‘Malcolm Administered’ is copyright © Nathan Hamilton, 2011, and taken from the series ‘A Gang of Malcolms’, published by Egg Box.

Find out more at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.

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