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Dean Parkin


Do you want a murray mint? I ask.

Not the best place, the beach, at night

in November, bracing you call it; wind

smattered with rain, as deep in my pocket

my fingers recover one of last summer's

half-melted sweets. Further down the shore


you tell me what you thought I'd said.

Do you want to marry me? How I continued,

It might be a bit sticky, and then,

I'm not selling this to you am I? as I fudged

in my jacket for the something I held out

and pressed into your palm.


from 'Just Our Luck'

published 2008

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Dean Parkin left school at the age of sixteen to work for a printer and then in a bookshop. He worked for The Poetry Trust from 2000-2015 and is now a freelance poet and workshop leader. He has published four pamphlets and a full collection, 'The Swan Machine' (2015). His first collection for children, 'The Bubble Wrap' is published in 2017.