From One Beat Survivor to Another - Andrew Darlington


‘I don’t believe the poem ever begins, this one picked me up…’ 

(borrowed from Sutton Breiding & Jenny Johnson)


I delete words and phrases

stretch and pack smaller words 

in around the spaces they leave

to cover uncertain errors and false rhythms,

so no-one knows or sees

what was there before…

except you,

you scare me

because you can see

through the back 

of my head…






About the Author

Andrew Darlington's latest poetry collection is ‘The Poet’s Deliberation On The State Of The Nation’ (Penniless Press,, while his current fiction collection ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’ is now available from Parallel Universe Publications ( 

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