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kevin higginsKevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. He has published three collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008) and Frightening New Furniture (2010) all with Salmon Poetry. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010). Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon in April, 2012. It  has been described by Clare Daly T.D. as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published in March 2014.


 

 

 

 

Surprised by Joy (whatever her name is)

 

after William Wordsworth

 

Just found out today, I’ve a sister not

named Purity who doesn’t live in Gravesend, Kent

or hate cats, or scream when she finds

a tarantula in the corner of the shower

but cups it in her pinkies

finds for it a cottage in the Cotswolds,

visits it there in the holidays;

 

who doesn’t light farthing candles

to the three-in-one god

of Proper Order, Common Sense

and ruining other people’s Christmases;

or have a signed photograph of Rod

Stewart she looks at not

nearly often enough;

 

who wasn’t shocked

when they took Ken Barlow away

or found human remains

under the school principal’s

clean shaven lawn;

 

who’d gamble not one Drachma

on the afterlife but believes fanatically

in a place called

Wait While I Get My Cardigan.

A no longer but once

young lady about whom,

right now, for legal reasons,

I can say no more than this.

 

 

 

 

©2013 Kevin Higgins

 

 

 

Author Links

 

Mentioning The War: a blog by Kevin Higgins

'Against Togetherness': a poem at Upstart.ie

Reading at the White House, Limerick (YouTube)

 

 

 

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