Longlisted Poem 2014

Jack Bradfield

St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School, London


Three Spacemen Return from Crash,


Toothed Grandpa, sucking on the words,
Mum laughed,
Freddie fell backwards

Off his chair into the dogbowl,
And somewhere
at the Top Secret Tin Lampshade, at mission control,
(At America)

They’ve cracked out cheese and wine.
One suit and tie spurts a pick up line,

Who cares if it falls flat?  As a rule of thumb,
It’s not embarrassing
If it didn’t have anywhere to fall flat from

And just like that: monitors, chemicals, copper wire and coiled springs,
Mean nothing:

It’s all about flesh and wriggles
And nerves
And winks and shits and giggles.

In my room, in the half light,
I sit and peer.
I can see Mars tonight.
© Jack Bradfield

Project Details

  • Date February 10, 2015
  • Tags 2014 News - Longlisted Poems