Here come the dogs

By OMAR MUSA

“It's about hip hop, graffiti,
greyhounds, drugs, bushfires.

“I wrote it for everyone, and
for no one at all.

“I’m combining gritty realism with
something more surreal and hallucinatory.
Colloquial language with quite lofty,
literary language. It’s partly a verse novel,
partly prose.

“I’m trying to do something a little bit
different… A new beast of a novel.”

Published August 2014

ENTER competition here

And now the consuming danger
the fierceness of summer
riding on our shoulder,
my thumbs on her ankles
the minutes trickling down our backs

Afterwards,
watching a dreamcatcher spin on the ceiling,
my skin sticking to hers,
I say, 'I bought a dog tonight.'

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