POEM Michael Derrick Hudson

NWR Issue 115

Drunk in Bed with a Book on Evolutionary Psychology

I hate chimpanzees. I hate their screeches and ha ha ha’s
and their eyes glittering with malice. I hate

their nitpick grooming, their complicated hierarchies,

and their restless oof oof intelligence. I hate the whoops
and tantrums of the alpha males, their all-day

screwing and their slovenly little nests. I hate their musty
female alliances and their bushwhacking


Michael Derrick Hudson’s poems have appeared in several journals, including New Welsh Review, Poetry, Boulevard, Columbia, Fugue, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, New Letters, Prism Review and Washington Square. He was a co-winner of the 2014 Manchester Prize. One of his poems was highly commended in the 2015 Bridport Prize and another won second place in the Munster Literature Centre 2016 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition (UK) longlisted the poem ‘The Phantom of the Opera Quits Online Dating’ in 2017.

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