'Columbia Calling' is one of the top 15 winning poems for The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015.

Columbia Calling

With death comes rebirth, and like all lovers and sad people, I am a poet. – Spoken by Allen Ginsberg in the film Kill Your Darlings

Wrap me in your 20 bar concerto,
o wondrous one, o being fuelled
by musky nights and caffeine
and nicotine and smoked lips.
Nitrous, oxidised, trip through
sliced palms and Hudson river
beds and disagreement, and photographs.
O Kammerer, thy long
forgotten affidavit of 1944.
Envisage me in your escapades
o artist, o measurer of time
with each cigarette, each ashen whisper.

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