‘No Likey, No Lighty!’ by Dean Atta

Paddy McGuinness comes
into my bedroom at 4am
and turns on the light.

I turn to where my boyfriend
should be but it’s not him.

Instead of my boyfriend,
I’m in bed with Michael Pedersen
of Scottish poetry fame.

Paddy McGuinness has real fame.

And my boyfriend, you might
have clapped for him once a week
but you don’t know his name.

Dean Atta

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody's Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. Dean’s work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up – and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK, and internationally. He is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and is co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. www.deanatta.com Twitter: @deanatta, Instagram: @deanatta

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