Poetry Centre

Weekly Poem for 30 May 2011

  • Malcolm Administered

    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

    by Nathan Hamilton

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

    Nathan Hamilton has had poetry and criticism published in The Guardian, The Spectator, The Rialto, and The Manhattan Review. He co-edits the influential anthology series for emerging poetry, Stop Sharpening Your Knives, and will be compiling a new anthology of young poets for Bloodaxe. You can follow Nathan Hamilton at his blog.

    Egg Box is a small independent poetry publisher based in Norwich. You can find out more about the publisher here.