Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

My View of Things

by Kevin Higgins

after Edwin Morgan
What I love about lateness is the hope
I might get to slip off home before you turn up.
What I hate about punctuality is always getting there
in time to chat before you leave.
What I love about angle-closure glaucoma
is not seeing you
when you’re standing right in front of me.
What I hate about comebacks
is the possibility you’ll have one.
What I love about impotence is the sight
of you jiggling your bits at me in the hope I might
review your book/pretend to like your poetry/remember
your name, and it having no effect whatsoever.
What I love about my chronic lung condition
is the hours of enforced sleep during which I can dream
of a world in which I’ve never heard of you.
What I love about going slowly deaf
is not being able to hear the television.
What I love about nuclear holocaust
is the TV studio, in which those three men
are agreeing with each other, will no longer exist.
What I love about Crohn’s disease
is the hours I spend on the toilet,
during which I miss comedy panel shows
in which Alan Davies talks to Alan Davies
about Alan Davies. What I love about your likeable face
is my ability, most days, to see past it.
What I hate about you wondering why Trump won
is your failure to look in the mirror.
What I love about memory is remembering
your rhetorical question:
How many Palestinian publishers are there?
What I love about dementia is the chance to forget
you once, very briefly, existed.
Kevin Higgins’s most recent poetry collection Song of Songs 2.0 – New & Selected Poems was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. The Stinging Fly magazine has described Kevin as "likely the most read living poet in Ireland."