We are pleased to present our next Poet to Notice: John D. Robinson.
We hope you enjoy these 3 poems as much as we did.


By the time the police arrived
it was all over;
we were sat down talking
and drinking and smoking,
our faces baring the brutality
of our violence
just several minutes before;
two police officers walked
into the launderette and
looked at the 2 of us,
“What’s going on here?
we had a call about 2 men
fighting” one of the
uniform’s said
“A family skirmish officer”
I said
“Don’t waste our
fucking time” the other
uniform said and then
they walked out of
the place.
“You threw a lucky punch”
my father said
“Bullshit” I said
and then we were quiet,
looking at one another
having forgotten what
the fight was all about
in the first place.



The next time I saw Eddie
he said to me
‘Fuck man!
I’ve never woken up
amongst so many
fucked up naked bodies
in one apartment
and when some drunken
clown rang your
door bell at 4am
and you got up and
answered the door
not knowing or
caring who it was
without a thread on
I knew why some
call you ‘Long John’

‘Trick of the light’
I said smiling,
‘make it a Jim Beam’

‘Okay’ Eddie said.

(This poem originally appeared in Outlaw Poetry)



At the time I was occupied
with kissing the insides of
a woman’s thighs
when a key entered my door,
turn, click and open;
I quickly moved out between
the legs of my woman and
looked up into the face of a
previous lover;
‘I came to return your keys’
she said looking at the
smiling woman sprawled
across my bed
‘Yeah, thanks’ I said taking
the keys and the woman on
the bed started giggling and
the door slammed closed
and we were alone again,
I moved across the bed and
before returning to the
insides of my beautiful
woman’s thighs, I dropped the
keys into her hand-bag sitting
on the floor beside the bed.

(This poem originally appeared in Outlaw Poetry)


John D Robinson is a published poet; ‘When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide’ (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016)  Cowboy Hats & Railways’ (Scars Publications 2016); a contributor to the 2016   48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals including Rusty Truck; Red Fez; Outlaw Poetry; Degenerate Literature; Haggard & Halloo; Beatnik Cowboy; Boyslut; Anti Heroin Chic; In Between Hangovers;  Yellow Mama;  Hobo Camp Review; Eunoia Review; Zombie Logic Review; Horror Sleaze and Trash; Outsider Poetry; Your One Phone Call; Down In The Dirt Magazine; he is married and lives in the UK with his wife;  3 cats; 1 dog and swallows copious amounts of wine whilst listening to classical music.


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