the player (3)


 the player


prizes the poetics of a double tongue

that speaks against itself  & is untrue

head-lice & fleas, poverty & baldness

cross-coupled fox & hound, apples & pears

praises the poodle & the labrador

PR smiles & HR platitudes

Inherits the debts of bankrupt bankers

the wheezing breaths of redundant miners

speaks of itself & its own perfection

folds over on itself inverted in

insouciant re-presentation

such different duplication

anticipates its own undoing

spending again what is already spent


Robert Hampson
Illustration: Claire Palmer



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