Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Rob Miles

Rob Miles is based in Yorkshire. Recent poems have appeared in Ambit, The Interpreter's House, South Bank Poetry, Angle, Lunar Poetry and The Anthology of Age (The Emma Press). He’s won international competitions including the Philip Larkin 2014, judged by Don Paterson. Other poems have been placed, commended or shortlisted in competitions including the Bridport, Wenlock, Gregory O’Donoghue, York and Ilkley literature festivals, and three times in the National Poetry Competition.

Zones of Exclusion

Hold it lightly between your thumb and index finger so that the pin slides slightly with each application, asking, “What do you feel?”

 

 

Where do we reckon

the deadening

starts?

 

Is it below

the navel, or somewhere

above

 

the heart?

What test could serve

beyond the neural

 

byways, the pins

in maps

of connection

 

or inaction, gathering

where paths

have numbed,

 

at which points

whole parts of us become

closed down to others?