POEM Benjamin Palmer

NWR Issue 103

The Entertainers

We found a clown in the woods
and brought him home.
Now he lives in our chicken coop.
We give him corn to peck.

At first we encouraged him
to lay us some eggs,
but all he’d yield
were brittle little jokes
that crumbled
as they left his lips.


Benjamin Palmer was born and grew up in Cardiff, but has lived most of his adult life in Barcelona, teaching, translating, playing music and occasionally acting. Back in Wales now, he has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Swansea. With his music project, Be Brave Benjamin, he has released two albums, A Fine Dance and Mr Precarious, which can be heard here.

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