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642; Spaced and Perfect

The book ‘642 Things To Write About’ told me that I was an astronaut enjoying the perfect day. Of cause; I wasn’t and perhaps I never would be. Sleep, death, suicide, stirred my brain as motifs for the perfect day. There was a time I felt happy. Too happy to live. ...

Signs: Stupid System

Signs: One of my current hopes is to achieve more brevity, cut down on me words in order to make a point. So here’s a statement masquerading as a poem. What can I be talking about and how did it affect you? Stupid System A system that aims to: Cut Sanction Kill And otherwise Penalise the poor Is a ...

Changes

I apologise for not writing a poem for a long time. I've recently been poorly, but I think I have my writing muse back. I hope you all enjoy this poem. I remember when I couldn't socialise, A few years down the line, Things have changed, It now takes a lot too keep me ...

a man's broken leg is being wrapped in bandages by a medic

Initial: A Medical Record

Initial: A Medical Record I never broke a limb Reading Not an arm or a leg Writing My medical history Revealing Paper cuts Risking Ink poisoning Scrawling Notes on my hand Empathising With every break That never happened My paper cuts Stinging badly.

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Initial; Culture Change

Initial; Culture Change Remembering the first time I went to the doctors and the doctor didn’t come to me. Dr Lucas’s waiting room Green leather benches Brown flock peeling walls Patient lips holding patient cigarettes Dr Lucas presses tongues down Says, ‘say ah’ Breathes the ghosts of nicotine Into fragile lungs Dr Lucas’s stethoscope Smells of home Where Mom and Dad smoke As ...

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It’s Rock and Roll But Not As It We Know It: On the Road with Penny Pepper, The Naked Punk

It feels very rock and roll. Another week, another hotel room. I haven’t thrown the TV out the window yet. But my PA is on standby to decimate the remote control if the third one they give us fails to work. The Naked Punk Project launched in February, at Leicester Word! ...

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Juice: Inert then Active

In response to Yoko Ono’s Voice Piece for Soprano. Some people scream better than others, some for themselves and yet more for others. My preference was always to be still, be silent, safe and peaceful. I’ve lived in places where I was quiet to my peril and admonished when I ...

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DET, The Medical Model and Me

A long drawn out recovery demonstrating the next part of my Disability Equality Training Course as poetry DET, The Medical Model and Me I am impaired Where do I go to get fixed? Where can I be changed? Where can I go to get right? Where oh where do I start my search? I don’t fit in I ...

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It’s a conversation

It's a conversation, I just can't have tonight, despite your desperation, i am ready to take flight. I look at you, you look at me, I can see a storm waiting to brew, as you do nothing but insult me. You won't admit when you are wrong, It's always all about you, you make me feel like I don't belong, If ...

My New Memoir

MY MEMOIR. How & Why I’m sitting here trying to remember how my memoir actually came about. I think, because of the life I’ve had – being born with a flat nose and cleft palate, not being able to talk properly until I was 10, and having mental health issues (some of ...