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The Candidates Explain


The Candidate Explains
after Charlotte Nichols MP

I didn’t know the meaning
of “incursion” or “dealt with”
the negative connotation until this morning.
Didn’t realise the possible definitions
of “parasite”, “rubbish dump”, “bad human material”.
Didn’t know until this morning the connotations
of “dismantle”, “pikey”, “assimilate”.
The negative meanings of “scum”,
“child thief”, “branding iron”.
Didn’t know “dirty”, “asocial”, “expel”.
The connotations of “a people involved
in the manufacture of human freaks.”
Didn’t know the meaning until now
of “Rahoonery”, “pollutant”, “Pharajimos”.
The problematic side of those over the age of five
being taken away and civilised.
Didn’t know the meaning of “The Devouring”,
“The Cutting Up”, or “behind concrete walls”.
The negative connotation of “whoever kills one,
shall be guilty of nothing.”
Didn’t know the meaning of “deport”
until I saw it done this morning,
clean as a Police Superintendent’s signature
or a Councillor’s campaign for re-election.

Feature Image: Constantino Idini





About Author

Kevin Higgins’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, RTE Radio One, and Lyric FM; and quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), Hot Press, The Daily Mirror and on Tonight with Vincent Browne. He had published six collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry, the most recent being ‘Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital’ (2019). His books can be purchased at

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