Waterloo – by Nick Allen


the only reason to come to London is to get lost
to spin in the teeming anonymity

stand still for a minute
stand still for half an hour

and watch nothing happen but furious movement
all with a stare fixed off into the middle distance

Bermondsey    perhaps
this could never be home




Nick gets most of his sustenance from double espressos and malt whisky, and after a lifetime of denial is finally willing to admit his poetry habit in public. First published through the Leads to Leeds project run by Helen Mort, his poems have also appeared in The Cunningham Amendment, Pennine Platform and the Waterworks Anthology, and online at New Boots and Pantisocracies and In Between Hangovers.

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