Alistair Graham

Rookie - 21 Points (Belfast)

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Lives in Belfast
Two published poetry collections and another almost ready to be sent to publisher. more »

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It's Always Stinking Outside

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Yesterday rain tumbled down on Belfast,
by mid evening the house brick was damp-dark,
the geraniums were in mourning-upright, just-
in their blackened saturated terracotta.

The crown of the trees against the premature dusk,
like huge dulse-heads dropped from an ocean sky;
a shade darker than deepest black.

The wooden garden table, the concrete patio,
the stepping stones across the lawn;
the window sills and the back door steps,
all melancholic, sodden to black.

The Bangor blue slates on the line of rooftops,
a stinking fur coat, ...

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