Ticking Over

by Alex Aldred

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A reading of one of my recently released poems. Originally published by Cathexis Northwest Press, April 2019.

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Ticking Over

i have a habit
of finding projectiles
round the side of the house –

splinters of glass where no bottle
ever smashed; plastic scraps
spotting my allotment like a rash;

and, once, a golf ball
from the range across the way,
buried in unmown grass.

i worry that i’m the target
of some far-off assassin’s
mistimed blasts;

or that, perhaps, like a cassette
winding back, these pieces
will someday run together

towards an explosion
in my past, every home
i’ve known at the heart of it

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released May 22, 2019

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Alex Aldred Lancaster, UK

Storyteller, poet, general layabout. Trying to make things up for a living. Currently based in Lancaster, UK.

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