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ian mcewenIan McEwen’s poems have appeared widely in magazines including Poetry Wales and Poetry Review. In 2010 his pamphlet The Stammering Man was a winner in the Templar competition and his collection Intermittent beings was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013. He has recently been short listed for the Venture Pamphlet Award. Ian is treasurer of Magma Poetry and recently edited Magma 57.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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In the Bottle

 

This sloe gin’s been sitting a year in the bottle.

It’s turned black as tar when I peer in the bottle.

 

The chemist smiles kindly – Have you had these before?

a personal portion of fear in the bottle.

 

The cadence of folk tunes - familiarly down -

keeps fresh and bitter like beer in the bottle.

 

I’m not introspective but I’ve stuff on my mind,

I’m cautiously watching her rear in the bottle.

 

All that rigging and woodwork and lacquer and brass,

so how did it get itself here, in the bottle?

 

It’s Saturday, Christmas, it’s won-the-World-Cup,

the lagered-up genie of cheer in the bottle.

 

Her perfume is volatile, evilly spiced,

though it looks just like water, clear in the bottle.

 

It’s more than a hobby and less than a job,

to summarise all my career in a bottle.

 

From the bar to the room: nightcap? Why not!

The ouzo is somewhat less dear in the bottle.

 

Air thickens and wobbles, no one sees straight

through the I of an alcohol tear in the bottle.

 

 

 

©2014 Ian McEwen

 

 

 

Author Links

 

Ian McEwen homepage

'Our Lady of the Pylons': commended poem in The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition

Poems by McEwen at Ink Sweat & Tears

 

 

 

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