‘A Bar in Turkey’ by Victoria Lowsley

Our Friday Story this week features Victoria Lowsley’s ‘A Bar in Turkey.’ In only six brief lines, this poem completely transports the reader. Details of sensations such as the stinging lip makes the piece particularly vivid.

Victoria was a member of the First Story group led by Lee Harrison at St Mary’s College in Hull.


‘A Bar in Turkey’ by Victoria Lowsley

In a crowded cocktail bar in Turkey,
Dave from Nowhere sings drunken karaoke.
It’s dark, and humidity lingers in the air,
Dave wails his off-key version of ‘Ruby Tuesday’,
Ice chinks against your teeth,
And the lime stings that cut on your lip that just won’t heal.


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