Darling … ! by Robert David Verdon

you’ve won the __________ Poetry Prize?
oh, I’m so-o-o-o happy for you!
its so-o-o-o richly deserved, and
I hope you rot in hell, your work is
like a drunken bowerbird’s —
images a-glitter like ancient dog-turds —
and I know you know everyone in the inner
clique who runs that thing
(slept with some of them I dare say)
so all I can say is fuck you and I hope
you’ll be very happy with your H-U-G-E
payout, which schmucks like us who can really write
have had to fund.

Robert Verdon
Robert Verdon has been writing for may years. He once belonged to Aberrant Genotype Press in Canberra. He came 2nd in the 2012 W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize, and was Highly Commended in the 2012 erbacce Prize, UK. His books include The Well- Scrubbed Desert, Her Brilliant Career, & Before we Knew this Century. He is currently completing PhD on the imaginal scene in poetry composition. His hobbies include cycling, walking and 10-pin bowling.

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