Oystercatcher Press

 Peter Smith:

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£5.00 A5 24pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-35-0.


To madden take a long and grave humour

                practice with hope rising

                                girls to trouble men              grapple with habit

                                                                                talk in domesticities

Little anxieties pluck sordid earnings

                a strain of fretful breeding


Poets lay in every room

                repulsive piety hustling consumptive passion

Shamefaced utterances ask male member

                to playfully proposition

                                some happy society


He spent a thrush over a horse

she preferred it in the parlour with time to express

                                                                the brief insensible

tending new matters one bled

and lung spite closed his lips