Kevin Higgins

Bacon, Chips, and Beans (after Colette Bryce)

Kevin Higgins

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When I land in London, I long for the old politics

of bacon, chips, and beans washed

down by several big cups of mud - no sugar –

in a café made of the cheapest Formica;

where there’s always a crazy woman muttering

“fuck” in the corner;


where we were great revolutionaries,

with historically understandable haircuts,

on the eve of something

called Tony Blair. One by one

we convicted each other of failure

to overthrow Money, Murdoch, 

the Bourgeois State.


The result was in, and we were not it;

but plain white plates, bits of tarnished

silver-wear, mugs whose moment had passed,

to be tidied away at the finish.

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Kevin Higgins


Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway. He has published four collections of poems: The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008), Frightening New Furniture (2010), & The Ghost In The Lobby (2014). His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014).  His poetry was recently the subject of a paper titled ‘The Case of Kevin Higgins: Or The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire’ given by David Wheatley at a symposium on satire at the University of Aberdeen. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon in April, 2012.  Kevin’s blog is http://mentioningthewar.blogspot.ie/ . and has been described by Dave Lordan as “one of the funniest around” who has also called Kevin “Ireland’s sharpest satirist.”