Nick Allen – Giacometti

(after seeing the exhibition in the National Gallery, December 2015)

skull external
sockets empty

impossible arms
paddle hands

pure presence
pure existence

grey dust
thin light

in the midst
of this death

we must live


Nick has recently twice been runner-up in poetry competitions based in Ireland: the Bangor Literary Journal, poems of 40 words or less; and the 2018 Hungry Hill Writers International competition, “Poets meet Politics”. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books in October 2017. He talks to poets in darkened rooms at the back of pubs and sometimes feels enlightened.

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