Author Archives: bsixsmith

About bsixsmith

I am a writer of stories and poems - published by Every Day Fiction, The London Journal of Fiction, 365 Tomorrows and Det Poetiske Bureau - and a columnist for Quillette, Areo and Bombs & Dollars.

New Year (Posting) Resolutions…

A new year is a time for reflection; a time to think about the past, and the present, and the future; a time to cherish what is good and assess what is bad; a time to think about what can … Continue reading

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Killing Children

In his arms, a rabbit Twitches like a time bomb. In his eyes, unreason. In the air, astriction. I have trouble breathing. Bosnians are herded, Stalked by Serbs. Today’s dogs. Worse behaved. Not a job. History said, “It’s time.” The … Continue reading

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Two Cumbrian Poems

End of the Summer Autumn has come early: Drawing clouds like curtains; Saying, in chilly winds, “Too late”; imposing rain. We slip off up the hill, Admire ignorant sheep And watch a raven fall. I stumble over rocks And think … Continue reading

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Giles Coren, Explained…

Some might think that Giles Coren is a lifestyle columnist who writes jokey articles about restaurants, cuisine and the trials of middle age. He is not. “Giles Coren” is in fact a morbid exercise in performance art: a fictitious sociopath … Continue reading

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It has been a long time since I have written here but I have been writing elsewhere: For Quillette on open borders and the Classics. For Areo on poetry. For Arc Digital on censorship and nosiness. For Bombs & Dollars … Continue reading

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The Passion of the Kriss…

One thing I will give Sam Kriss is that he can write. His prose can be elegant; his phrases original and his invective perversely amusing. Take this passage from his pre-election article endorsing Jeremy Corbyn… Britain is not just sliding … Continue reading

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Four Poems About Cursed Soldiers

Freedom Each morning is a shock. I wake alarmed and watch The birds fly lazily. It is a blessed day. A blessed day for me. Prayer Requests Pray for me, Father. Pray for us. Pray for our bullets and our … Continue reading

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