Drink v. Drugs (by Mick Imlah)
Mick Imlah, The Lost Leader (London: Faber and Faber, 2008) This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2009 International Shortlist).
1I was worked up about some other matter
2when I saw that phone box off the Talbot Road
3being smashed outwards by someone inside it,
4after closing on Sunday (Sunday's the day
5they all go mad on crack); which is why
6I didn't as usual walk by on the other side
7but advanced with a purpose, and as he swivelledThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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