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Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Coming to Dover! (Faber, 2007) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (Faber, 2011) and the Ramayana (Faber, 2013) were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. His latest collection is British Museum (Faber, 2017). He teaches at Brunel University London and is currently Poet in Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra.

From the Ambient Source by Daljit Nagra

Approaching midnight and floating into the train / a silver-haired woman takes a seat. From her bag / slowly appears Heaney’s The Haw Lantern. / / She flicks his leaves in a solemnness vacancy. / I’ve had too many pints of Heaneyken and smile / at my feeble joke while she settles near Clearan...

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oi get off my poem Pinky / your porky fingers lard my lean sheets / / look at my darkie mug – my indie tag / do you think I could think in the same old English / you keep to your standard my standard’s bastarded / / your editors boast they elect by taste / if they like me they think I’m ex...

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