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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Jim Conwell's background is London Irish and the themes of exile and dislocation are strong in his work, which is also informed by the psychoanalytic experience of his professional life and particularly by the issue of trauma. Humour is used to mitigate and gain perspective. He has had poems published in many magazines, three anthologies and has had two poems shortlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize

Jim Conwell

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Cooling Systems

There is something sinister in the absence of people.
Each camera, as it flicks on, revealing a scene uncannily empty.
Simply the steely grey refraction of the water.

And something else.
Entirely invisible.
The last thing you would ever look on.

I knew the infinite extent of that moment,
and obliterated that grey place,
boiled all its sour waters in my incandescence,
scoured into every single crevice with my fatal light.

We must look for the cracks.
Monitor the site.
Sorrow the poisoned land. Never return.
That frozen moment decays like the half-life of its maker.

I called this moment into being.
It is singing its dead song.