Michael Laskey

poet, editor, workshop leader

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It was an ambush. Fists and boots

in a cartwheel of dust. The boy

from the South had it coming.

Uncle Joe heard the shouts and knew

if not today under the bridge, then

tomorrow in the playground.


Best he could do was keep it clean.

Nay then, one at a time. The lads

in a circle, rolled up their sleeves,

taking turns to step into the ring:

the boy, fists held up as taught

at the Grammar, taking the pasting.


L M Dearlove





from 'Providence Farm'

published 2016

price £5




L M Dearlove travelled across Europe with a theatre company and wrote a one-woman show which she performed on the London Fringe. She took a 16mm filmmaking course at Central Saint Martins and has an MA in Film from the London College of Printing. She lives near Lewes in East Sussex.