for Tom Raworth


shared veg count
for the weekend
mayday half song
half spreadsheet
the scarf of night
for a fascinator
not just not known
nor shedloads
firmly in for dirt
a mark up fantastic
sung for a killing

this and that win
for umbrella larks
metal trim buggies
a firmware insect
doing the music
planned obsolescence
yeah yeah night after
bunting in the sky
with a data miner
a thing the beast
that made the lie

no you didn’t really
so say all of the
flags in the high street
the reference hail
custard to rust bowl
is there any camera
a goosed microphone
the unyielding cough
caught in pop shields
an archive for us
and all our relations

come on over and
take the weight off
man to mansplainer
keeping it ever so
and not for plaster
or crinkling runners
it can be a plumage
a recreation ground
our lime pickle and
hedge fund supreme
spreading its bets

did debt say human
the face of nineteen
flaked for adverts
lichens runneth over
pump up the ochre
and cobalt scandal
giving purple fruits
the cause turns out
a sausage macabre
Linda McCartney’s
left in the freezer

jobs for the moon
scarce as trademarks
at the conventional
spartan congress
run for your ferry
evasion isn’t only
the ruble / rubble
delete to taste
taming poster tosh
in sundry expenses
and for a hiding

austerity lite there
be touch papers
the market clone
up up and spiral
jetty swatch arrays
yes it can be the
the thing of beauty
pillars of community
all the reconciling
sub-prime tendency
in human resources

the mantra covets
the honey sting do
to petal chandelier
a hop in the offing
some make and be
yikes is the order
come unstuck quite
as the murder rates
take up the policy
and the primate
is going nuclear


[Drew Milne is the Judith E Wilson Lecturer in Drama & Poetry, University of Cambridge. His collected poems, entitled In Darkest Capital is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2017]

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