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Poetry: Kevin Higgins

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The Most Risk-Taking Poet In Ireland

My split infinitives clearly the work of a man
who dries his clothes recklessly,
sometimes not emptying the lint tray
two cycles in a row.

At the height of my experiments with formal verse
I once drove a Ford Focus
at a tantalising twenty nine kilometres per hour
when the legal limit was thirty.

During my decadent prose-poem phase
I tiptoed past a locked apartment door,
behind which, I’m pretty sure,
there was an orgy going on.

Under the influence of Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
I once took one more Paracetamol
than I should have.

In a rare outbreak of concrete poetry,
I yesterday regrouted the shower tiles myself.

Trying to mimic Rimbaud vanishing in Abyssinia,
back when I was young and even more foolish
than this, I once accidentally went
to Dorset.

My contribution to metaphor
in the twenty first century
is at least as important
as the cat yawning.

Risk, for me, is going
to a different garden centre
at least once every five years.

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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 www.salmonpoetry.com.

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