Oli Hazzard’s first collection of poems, Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012), won the English Association's Michael Murphy Memorial Prize and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was a book of the year in the Guardian, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. His second collection, Blotter (Carcanet), and a study of John Ashbery’s poetry, The Minor Eras: John Ashbery and Post-War English Poetry (Oxford University Press), will be published in 2018. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of St Andrews.
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Marge, let’s send a sadness telegram.
I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori.
No trace, not one carton.
Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak.
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
Amen, icy cinema.
Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run.
No, I tan at a nation.
Flee to me, remote elf.
Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
Loops at a spool.
From Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012)