by Pedro Lenz, translated by Donal McLaughlin
'When the schoolgirl / in the Domino Tea Room / suddenly started sobbing, / an old woman, / none of whose business it was, / said not to take things so much to heart.'
Pedro Lenz is a Swiss slam poet, columnist and novelist. His novel The Goalie's Me was originally written in Swiss dialect and has been translated into Standard German. It invites comparison with the oral tradition in the work of Irvine Welsh and Roddy Doyle.