Oystercatcher Press

Fights XIX: Johnny Tapia

SJF cover picture

£5.00 A5 16pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-44-2.


x Our Lady of Guadalupe

“la abundancia mata la gana”  “abundance kills desire”


I am not good in a crowd

though they are the good in me


the slow consonant of love

my name. My name

is song heard by birds

building bud in architectonal palaces


I don’t play well with others

thought they play well with me


tumble Mexico, become new & tumble

forgive forest, desert

you effete little pseud

salamander with a holy singing voice

balance me, benzidrine


I should not have threatened my wife with a gun

the judge is forgiving, the

god is not