social dissonance (after Gwendolyn Brooks). A poem by Des Mannay

We don’t read books. We
give scornful looks. Weshop while we text. We
don’t give bugs respect. We

give kids snarky answers. We
parents are chancers. We

won’t keep social distance. We
ignore queue’s resistance. We

wheeze and we cough. We
also scoff.

“it’s just like flu”. We
dead now – we two…

Des Mannay is a Welsh writer of colour. His first poetry collection, “Sod ’em – and tomorrow” is published by Waterloo Press. He is co-editor of The Angry Manifesto poetry journal. Winner -‘rethinkyourmind’ poetry competition (2015), LIT-UP poetry competition (2019). 2nd/ highly commended – Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2015). ‘Gold Award’ – Creative Futures Literary Awards (2015), shortlisted in 7 competitions Performed at numerous venues/festivals, and published in various poetry journals. Work in 18 poetry anthologies. Find him here –

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