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Richie McCaffery lives in Ghent, Belgium but is from Warkworth, Northumberland. He has a PhD in Scottish literature from the University of Glasgow and is the author of two poetry pamphlets (including Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press) as well as the collection Cairn from Nine Arches Press. A pamphlet collection, of poems mainly on the theme of life in Belgium, is due out from Red Squirrel Press in October 2017. He is working on his second collection.

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I want to be more like a hammered coin,
nibbled by misers but still tender, passed
from alms-box to alehouse and back again.

When I’m gone to earth I only become
more valued and loyal to my time, but
above all this I want to be a hammered coin

for when the minter’s mallet falls on me,
when I am struck down, my face is lifted up
from the blankness of my destination.

 

 

©2017 Richie McCaffery

 

 

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