Roy Duffield

GENETICALLY FLAWED

‘spite
                tryin’ our hardest
not to grow up
        to be
                   alike
                             our father
        ’s…
   we
a      ’r
            in-
                 articulate, fairly
            unattractive, unlike-
                           able, misjudged
                  by almost
                                      ev’ryone

          re: “Run,
                           ’s,
                     un-
                  watched, over-
                     looked, under-
               grounded

but deep down we 
mean well

but deeper down we’re
well mean





read us
read us n’ weep 
the forgotten wordless
gunmetal argentine
back of a highway
roadside
sign
stilled against the wavering—destination
unknown
 

WHEN WE GREW UP…

ur losin’ ur ‘ouse
w/ a smile on ur face
u drove me up the pub.
I got ur takeaway.
ur kids dont say dad but
use ur 1st name:
strangers on the streets
scream bloody disgrace.
u’ve worked ur ‘ole life
they call u a waste
they’ll c me in ‘ell
I’ll c u in space

Roy Duffield is a writer and translator and the art editor over at Anti-Heroin Chic, a journal that puts those on the outside inside. He is a winner of the Robert Allen Micropoem Contest (2021), was honoured to be chosen to perform at the 2019 Beat Poetry Festival in Barcelona and his words have recently been spotted entering such nefarious establishments as Versification, Into the Void (Saboteur Best Magazine, 2017 & 2018), The Ink Sac (Cephalopress), The Journal, The Dawntreader (Indigo Dreams, Ted Slade Award for Services to Poetry), Night Bus to Speakers’ Corner, SurVision Magazine, The London Reader‘s Raves & Resistance: Counterculture number, and of course the world’s oldest and most prestigious publication – his personal Instagram: @drinking_traveller.

Flights, Issue Five, June 2022