The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Stephen Watt: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Stephen Watt (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 48






You, street of bearded ladies

coursing through Primark’s racks

and accessorised clowns

denouncing zero hour contracts,

            spin upside down, acrobats,

            safely into my chalked hands.


Day turns night as is the natural order

when Scotland the Brave’s played

on a pilfered school recorder

and Leo the Silent Raver’s

woollen-butter hands

            dance on the glass

            of the black cabs



            on Rose Street’s corner.


Outside plate-spinning restaurants,

waiters imitate lion-tamers

where grinning big cats

celebrate engagements and divorcements,

promotions and liberations

            from young offender lock-ups.

            Skaters provoke pigeons

            like feathered fireworks.


A perennial lorry hangs out a building

shielding a longstanding queue

of feather cuts

vaping smoke and mirrors,

and decorated, six-foot KNOW THY NUTS

testicular cancer posters

            evaporate like illusionists

in the space of three Jaegermeisters.


Roll up! Roll up!

Sauchiehall Street

never suffers from boredom

and through the hullabaloo, this Welcome To,

rest assured

that no animals were hurt

            during the making of this poem.

About the Poet

Stephen Watt is a poet and performer living in Glasgow. His debut collection ‘Spit’ was published in March 2012 by Bonacia Ltd following his win at the Poetry Rivals Slam one year before, while new collection ‘Optograms’ was recently published by Wild Word Press. Stephen has since won a number of national competitions and continues to perform across the UK.  

Image: "Street Art" by William Murphy.