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Community. Sunset. by DS Maolalai

Community. Sunset.

I drive home from Harold’s

Cross – meet the Clanbrassil St

traffic. feel the world heating

around me as sand becomes

glass. a sun sets the colour

of a page of an often-read

paperback. trees lean from gardens.

the pavements are pollen-

soaked pink. cars pause

among people like cattle

at market: we are all going home.

a man in a contractor

company van pulls up next to me.

looks at my car and then gestures ahead

toward a space. outside a cafe

three pigeons bustle under a table

looking for breadcrumbs or tenners

and anything else going spare.

DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as "a cosmopolitan poet" and another as "prolific, bordering on incontinent". His work has nominated twelve times for Best of the Net, ten for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize, and has been released in three collections; "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022) 


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