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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
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Edward Lee's poetry, short stories, non-fiction and photography have been published in magazines in Ireland, England and America, including The Stinging Fly, Skylight 47, Acumen and Smiths Knoll. His debut poetry collection "Playing Poohsticks On Ha'Penny Bridge" was published in 2010. He is currently working towards a second collection. He also makes musical noise under the names Ayahuasca Collective, Lewis Milne, Orson Carroll, Blinded Architect, Lego Figures Fighting, and Pale Blond Boy. His Facebook page can be found at

Edward Lee

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In Fear For The Saftey Of Our Souls

Someone has put locks
and chains
on the fire exits of hell.
I don't think heaven is doing any better,
though it has no fire exits,
only one large gate
that opens in.

Soon the safety inspectors will descend and ascend,
and both heaven and hell
will stop taking applications;
our souls will be ejected and stranded,
left to wander between shadows
and schedules,
or stand on uneven street corners,
begging for some salvation
or crumbs of pain.