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Two poems by Hamlin and Robinson


This is When the Killer Cat Strikes
by Bradley Mason Hamlin

I once

threw a poet

up against a tree trunk

so hard

he stuck there



just a magical moment


(don’t worry,

he was a bad guy)


it’s like

when you’re tossing

your yo-yo



it suddenly hangs


straight out

in front of you

spinning …

but not falling



you’re like

what the fuck

that’s amazing


or surfing

pacific ocean blue

as the sea


takes a deep breath


all is super

still …








best sex

is like that




before ecstasy



the rollercoaster




So Softly
By John D Robinson

She so softly lifted her

friend’s naked breast to

her lips and licked the

nipple so gently,

and it was something

to see and I turned

to her boyfriend to see

if he was watching

this but he had passed-

out, the victim of

grass and wine:

I looked on as they

enjoyed one another,

I rolled a couple of

joints and drank

some more wine

and watched them,

now and again one

of the girls would

glance over at me and

I’d slowly nod my

head like a smiling

approving Caesar and

I tell you,

it was the most gentle

of love making between

two human beings,

far away from the

grunt and groan

selfish macho



These two poems are from These Poems Stole Your Lunch Money, a new collection by Bradley Mason Hamlin and John D Robinson, edited by John D Robinson and published by Holy&intoxicated Publications. For European orders write to, for US orders visit

Bradley Mason Hamlin is an American writer, veteran of the US Navy and alumnus of the University of California, where poet Gary Snyder dubbed him “The Road Warrior of Poetry!” Born in Los Angeles, Hamlin currently lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife, kids and wild cats. He is the creator of Secret Society Comics and publisher at Mystery Island Publications. His latest book of poems, Zen in the Art of Drinking, is available from Holy&intoxicated Publications.

John D Robinson is a UK poet. His chapbooks include When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide (2016), Cowboy Hats & Railways (2016), Damned Dirty & Dangerous, with Ben John Smith (2017), The Making Of An Outlaw (Scars Publications), and Looking Down Both Barrels, with Adrian Manning (2017). His work appears widely and frequently in the small press and online literary journals.

Posted 13:43 Monday, Apr 9, 2018 In: Poetry

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