"20/20 vision" and "Death in the City"

20/20 vision

                                      tired I’s
     of following / drastic
                     measures one-size-
        fits-all / measurements undefined
                                                    blind-
         folded                        away
   kidnapped milestones
                in kilometres any way
                                     all destinations turn right
                                                                   RIGHT
                                THIS WAY
                                 ONE-WAY DEAD-END
  accelerating                                fast
                                                     into a bend
                                                 blind-
            moving goal-
posts / waving flag-white signs
          walking upside-down
                   on our hands-
 on / shifting           sands
                              STOP
      spinning
                                GO
                              OPEN
                                 no,
                               WAIT,
                 we’re   CLOSED, mind
                                           The Gap
 
         seeing double
              standards not standardised
                       laws not laid
       down / rights not right
                 and all the while
         doing right / by
                   rulers not straight
                  humans
                                inhumane.

 


 

Death in the City

They drove you to the stores
but didn’t let you park
 
They fattened you up on Coca-Cola
but didn’t let you in the bathroom
 
You suffocated on tailpipe fumes
and drowned in your own piss
 
They didn’t provide a coffin.

 

 

Roy Duffield

Roy Duffield is an editor over at Anti-Heroin Chic journal and a winner of the Robert Allen Micropoem Contest (2021). He somehow managed to con a first-class honours degree in creative writing out of Bath Spa University and has even had the gall to return to the scene of the crime, this time in the skin of lecturer. He was honoured to be chosen to read his work at the annual Beat Literary Festival in Barcelona alongside some of the contemporary Spanish performance poets he most admires, and his words have recently been spotted entering such nefarious establishments as Into the Void, The Crank and The London Reader's issue on Counterculture. Roy recommends EMERGENCY.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 22:02