The Little Elections
after The League of Gentlemen
Unlike all other candidates, I’m very much in favour of dog shit; have it with everything; am especially fond of the sort produced by frightened Rottweilers. I have the energy, enthusiasm and necessary sexual appetite to properly service the people behind doors I’m knocking on locally. I’m for more traffic jams and overweight policemen called Frank. I won’t be diverted into talking about abortion or world war four. This is a little election for little people. I’m against nasal congestion and political reform; have lived locally for the past half hour. Our eight year old, Cian, will support whatever football team you want him to. I’m against adverse weather conditions in Salthill; okay, in theory, with the continued existence of black people. I’ve studied transport systems at Mauthausen, Belzec, Vorkuta; think I know how to ensure two Ballybane buses never again come along at once.
The Little Elections is © KEVIN HIGGINS
|Kevin Higgins poetry features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and one of his poems is included in the forthcoming anthology The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe April 2014). The Ghost In The Lobby (Salmon, Spring 2014) is Kevin’s fourth collection of poems. Praise for Kevin Higgins’s poetry: “His contribution to the development of Irish satire is indisputable…Higgins’ poems embody all of the cunning and deviousness of language as it has been manipulated by his many targets… it is clear that Kevin Higgins’ voice and the force of his poetic project are gaining in confidence and authority with each new collection.” Philip Coleman “Gil Scott Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised as re-told by Victor Meldrew”. Phil Brown, Eyewear “good satirical savagery”. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800-2000|