Samples

On the Possibility of Dictatorship.

It’s possible. I mean

you can see it in the way we invest,

like motheaten peacocks,

in the bathetic consolations

of pissy displays of power:

it’s in the chat in the office,

between kowtower and kowtowed,

the swagger of a traffic warden

with shit for his tea,

the call centre worker, cheerlessly extant,

adhering to procedure;

it’s in the onanistic stomach lurch

of the library security guard

as his walkie talkie crackles;

even though he knows

it will likely only be

another call about the toilet

that won’t flush on the second floor.

On the Possibility of Dictatorship was published by Prole in 2018. There are short stories here and here, an essay on class here, one on the NHS here and one on green politics here. Lastly, here is a short piece of writing about the countryside.

The Sun Alliance building, Birmingham. Sculpture by William Bloye, 1927; photo by Kevin Thomas