David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. He is a member of Chester Poets and North West Poets. David was a prize winner in both the Welsh International Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Poetry Competition in 2015. In 2011 he won the Welsh International Poetry Competition outright, the same year he was also a prize winner in the Grist Poetry Competition. Amongst his many publishing credits in print journals are Envoi, The Penny Dreadful, Reach, and Magma. He has work pending in Dream Catcher and Orbis. He has also been widely published online. David’s first collection, Human Engineering, was published by Thynks Publishing Ltd in October 2013. His second pamphlet, No Need For Candles, is due from Red Squirrel Press at the beginning of September 2016.
Conch Every shell has its own voice, but only the empty ones sing. Sometimes trepanned they’re blown like a trumpet, but that’s not their music. The lip of a shell doesn’t sit well on the cusp of a kiss, and its dissonant bell when pressed to the ear will confess that its one roaring note is only the tide in its echoing throat. (Prize winning poem in the 2015 Welsh International Poetry Competition. Due to be published in the competition anthology in July 2016 and in No Need For Candles in September 2016).
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