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Rob Miles

Zones of Exclusion

Hold it lightly between your thumb and index finger so that the pin slides slightly with each application, asking, “What do you feel?”



Where do we reckon

the deadening



Is it below

the navel, or somewhere



the heart?

What test could serve

beyond the neural


byways, the pins

in maps

of connection


or inaction, gathering

where paths

have numbed,


at which points

whole parts of us become

closed down to others?

Rob Miles is based in Yorkshire. Recent poems have appeared in Ambit, The Interpreter's House, South Bank Poetry, Angle, Lunar Poetry and The Anthology of Age (The Emma Press). He’s won international competitions including the Philip Larkin 2014, judged by Don Paterson. Other poems have been placed, commended or shortlisted in competitions including the Bridport, Wenlock, Gregory O’Donoghue, York and Ilkley literature festivals, and three times in the National Poetry Competition.

Poor Doors
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
bedroom tax
Disrupt and Upset
bedroom tax
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
Disrupt and Upset

Militant Thistles

prickling the politics of "permanent austerity"

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