The relevant messages

By: DS Maolalai

the corners are springing

with thistles which arouse

purple trumpets like musical

penises. in the apartment block

a retired man glowers

with anger at gardeners

stopping to smoke. another man

leaves his bike locked up against

the steel stairwell banister:

this is a fire hazard.

another man notices the covid-19

warning posters have been taken

down in 2023. I log calls

as they come and I pass on

the relevant messages. one day

a hawk lands the binshed. it's a marvelous

creature, and indicates a possible

rat problem. its wings hang from the shoulder

like a sleekly cut military coat.


DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as "a cosmopolitan poet" and another as "prolific, bordering on incontinent". His work has nominated twelve times for Best of the Net, eight for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize, and has been released in three collections; "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022)

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