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a clear blue sky and a startlingly still sea. In the foreground, the harbour wall overgrown with long grass and a clump of red poppies. In the distance a white lighthouse.

Spilt Milk of a Day

24.7.21 Woke up still groggy from a migraine two days ago, made a coffee, went outside with no shoes on, felt grateful for the cold. Rang the physio therapist to make an appointment for him to look at my shoulder because, oh God it hurts and I just can’t wait six ...

100 Meters; Lycantropic Man

Howlin’Wolf, Moanin’ At Midnight.A classic cd twofer.Immersion in a wicked, enchanted version of the blues.I steal each and every song title as they appear in chronological order, spin words around them, toiling with wishes and magic, seeking to make a new being out of this successful whole. Sometimes it behoves ...

freedom day

so prime minister alexander boris de pfeffel johnson has succeeded in pinging himself, javid & sunak & all are in isolation as a result.  get in.  tho a few more (gove & patel for starters) could also get pinged, anyone got their #?  meanwhile heres something we prepared earlier    

The Challenge; The Men Who Wear Green Socks

The challenge from the Highgate Society Poetry Group placed in September to be read in October 2019 is ‘Characters(s). Real or Imagined. Men in the group were seen to be wearing green socks The Challenge; The Men with Green Socks The men wearing green socks Never seek to be less good Than they are Unlike ...

Signs; Around the U Bend

The issue with access to the smallest room in listed buildings Around the U Bend 6’6” Chosen for poetry Size 14’s Approaches A small door Raised from the floor Twists his contours Into a U bend Like a more corpulent Secretary for State Privileged and empowered Never would Have a need to When taking his seat In a larger house Where crap Is a daily talking point Where the ...

The Handjob Maiden

Liz Bentley as The Handjob Maiden Delivery Woman

Among other things, I am writing the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This book I am also converting into a screen play where I play the main character ‘Ofrupert’. The one and only Handjob Maiden left on the planet. The Handjob Maiden’s Tale is set in a totalitarian society ...

Realm; Being There

Throw away lines from 6th February (Diary entry) which were considered rubbish then but deeper now. I was caught surrounding myself with artists and supporters who would help me grow, take my title; ‘emerging socially engaged activist poet’ and put some skin on bone. Useful to remind myself where the ...

Juice; Old Days Dawning

Yoko Ono’s Tape Piece II requires that I take the sound of a room breathing during five timed sessions. I consider the breath in a tent as that is where I will be for the next 5 nights in Shrewsbury. Instead I think of home. Home is she and me. ...

Initial; Walter’s Bike

So what was your first bike like? Bikes and me? We rode together from time to time. Not that often. My first real memory of a bike concerned another. She had a trike. It was a mobility aid. We’d play together. We’d discover new worlds. I got a bike eventually. ...

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Black Widow 10

Black Widow 10Steve foraged. Having foraged he found. Having found he recognised the statute of his limitations. Raising his hand to eye he looked to the sun and called upon it to use a beam to heat his walnut. Meanwhile Stella was feeling as if she had reached an age ...