Anatomy of a Public Outcry
Those with short, uncommented upon hair
but exquisite tax returns, cannot forgive
you being regularly mistaken
for Jesus, or the lead singer in
The ninety eighth caller
to Four FM’s Hour of Complaint
wants you publicly garrotted in, preferably,
New Ross for allegedly eating risotto
at inappropriate hours of the day.
The little guy, once caught
having a wardrobe malfunction
with a tender and merciful
rent boy, wants your big pink shirt
under the strict new dress code
he spends his afternoons dreaming up.
The Times and Daily Mail agree:
when the Irish team concede
that third shattering goal,
or it rains in Mayo
for the fourth consecutive day,
be all your fault.
Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre; teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bushliterary magazine. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. One of the poems from Time Gentlemen, Please, ‘My Militant Tendency’, featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009. His work also features in the anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture is his third collection of poems and was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011) & Canberra, Australia (2011). As part of his Culture Ireland supported trip to Chicago in February 2009 he participated in and took first place in a specially arranged poetry slam at the Chicago’s Green Mill Bar and Lounge, the birthplace of slam poetry. Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry, The Ghost In The Lobby, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews is just published by Salmon.