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Mark Pajak

Mark Pajak won the Bridport Prize in 2016. His first collection came out in 2017.

Poem: ‘Crystal’

Mark Pajak, 25 April 2018

Last orders. I put my cloth to a misty wineglass and twist the shine in like a lightbulb.

At the end of my bar, a girl. Maybe twenty. Her back turned on her pint, and a man’s hand

spilling a powder. A hiss from an envelope like a slow fuse. Her lager’s fine chains of fizz

suddenly shake until all the liquid is the white tail of a rattlesnake. But it’s late. So I hold up

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