Issue 1: Nicky Melville

advert is meant to turn you


go on    have a duvet day

put it together

what have you got?


like no other

welcome        to the playground   




this week      


I’m in love with

            let me call you


I’ve taken Nurofen


price too

breaking and entering

get the London

look    if I told you

but telling

            life’s full of choice

the future’s bright

highly dunkable

now you can get

so        strong            you     only

need one 


welcome to our network



it’s amazing   

how do you know

which one’s which?

simple goodness

simply closer

            you’ve got great taste

cleaning has dulled the shine

that’s the beauty

nobody enjoyed


more than

                                     I did

but I had  two strokes    


style on skin

welcome to the spinex


the new face of synis

oven baked to a golden

giorgio armani

knowing I love you

which part of fishing boats

did you not understand?

            the wheel

my curly friend

you might never make

ordinary coffee again

storage couldn’t be easier

new actimel blueberry

range of phones       make

the most of now

forward slash


the victims of


The work of nick-e melville has been published in magazines and websites across the world, such as, Chapman 106, dirt, eratio, New Writing Scotland 19, One Less, Otoliths, Product 4, Saint Elizabeth Street, Sleeping Fish and xStream; with two extended features at experimental poetry website poems on the Minimalist Concrete Poetry page and an alphabet sequence entitled alphabits. In 2006 a found poetry sequence Office Gnomics (Acton Press 2006) was produced and an issue of Poetry Scotland was dedicated to his poetry in 2005. Recently, one of his visual poems was solicited to illustrate an exhibition CD as part of Liverpool’s biennale 2008. He is also currently taking poetry to a wider audience with his experimental and confrontational band ShellSuit Massacre, which places found poetry next to dance music.

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