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Adam Crothers was born in Belfast in 1984, and works in a library in Cambridge. His first collection, Several Deer, was published by Carcanet in 2016, and won the 2017 Shine/Strong Poetry Award and the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. He has appeared in the anthologies New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015) and The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff, 2016), and in 2016 was selected as one of Poetry Ireland Review's 'Rising Generation' poets.

 

 

 

 

Ordering a Mudslide

 

 

Be not afraid. Or do be, do. The rallying cry is your call,

perhaps your last. Poised at the bar, a variety of wall,

 

little I spies mud sliding out of the shaker, the cold war drum

where the Irish cream their clean green jeans as in a dream,

 

a dream of Mexico and Russia in mixed moods double-teaming

an already-melting lack of meaning. An iceberg, besotted, scheming

 

to be sated, shapeless. I was kind of thinking

maybe it could rape less. Celebratory drink-clinking

 

has wounded the side of the glass that is my saviour. It’s blasphemy,

but the cloaca of the aperture leaking brown is looking lonesome,

 

so, knowing you should be the bit of strange

you want to see in the world, I stick my finger into that for a change.

 

At which the tumbler divides on every issue. I need a tissue; my order

won’t take orders. A muddy crystal hysteria, enshrining disaster, redefining borders.

 

 

©2017 Adam Crothers

 

 

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