Avoiding Cliches

Avoiding Cliches

He approached me after the reading,
a leather satchel over one shoulder
and a sizeable chip on the other.

He said, “I reeeally liked your work,
but don’t you think that it would
be a better idea to avoid cliches?”

With a sinuous smile, he mingled.
Taking his advice, I snubbed him
for the remainder of the evening.


Photograph by a4gpa


Lucas Howard

When I was seven I started copying poems out of a book and telling people they were mine. When I ran out of good ones to copy, I had to start writing my own. I have been performing and organising nights on the UK spoken word scene now for over seven years and am most of the way through writing the first draft of my first novel 'Zedlist', which is serialised on here. As the story is in fetal form, any critiques or suggestions are most welcome.

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4 Responses

  1. Frank J. Tassone says:

    Hysterical! I love it!

  2. Lucas says:

    Thanks Frank. Glad you liked it.

  3. Kenny Stoneman says:

    Anecdotal, insightful, and succinct. Love it!

  4. Lucas says:

    Thanks Kenny

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