Cover for Emily's Poems

‘The Poet’ (a find from the archives) was composed from lines written on the tube after reading the freebie magazine The Short List:

you’ll need to use me again tomorrow
because our words are all
but if you set me down
in words and lines then published
me I’m already seen and
done cutting edge
A lot of thinking to go beyond hackneyed –
Push to keep us running new –

The final, pruned poem may be read here. It is also one of the twenty-five poems selected for my second book, Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys (2013).