“Why I Should Probably Quit” DS Maolalai

the click of the corkscrew

against the bottle

and art

tore up and destroyed with matches.

I see

poetry now

full of people wearing shirts

and very tight jeans to show off the ass

and I am 25

and sick of it,

sick of waiting for the poems to start

to mean something again,


until I remember

what being in love was like

and I think they meant something

in london

when I was unhappy with myself and in good

unhappy love –

love is the lock, unhappy

the key.

and now the view from my apt window

is on some fuck’s garden wall

and then out to a road

with cars on it

instead of people.

and the click of the opener

against the bottle

and the art

tore up again and destroyed,

as good as with matches

or by pissing beer on it.



DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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