This issue of London Grip features new poems by:
*Sally Long *Kerrin P. Sharpe *Pippa Little *Maria Taylor *Tamar Yoseloff *Fiona Moore
*Amado Storni *Bruce Christianson *Emma Lee *Alan Dunnett *David Cooke *Brian Docherty
*George Jardine *F.M. Brown *Roy Marshall *Andrew Shields *Angela Kirby *Anna Mioduchowska
*Phil Kirby *Robert Etty *Chris Jackson *Thomas Ovans
Copyright of all poems remains with the contributors
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Birds swoop, flutter and perch among the poems in London Grip’s summer selection. Some are dark and ominous as the crows in Van Gogh’s fatal cornfield; but there are also colourful parakeets and a loquacious goldfinch.
Once we start to look, we can see how different kinds of birds relate to the emotions that poetry explores. Soaring eagles stir admiration and wonder; yet a carrion-eating vulture at close quarters arouses disgust. A dawn chorus can bring hope ; a nightingale’s song offers a sense of calm and peace. Brightly-coloured natural mimics like mynahs or macaws provoke delight and laughter. Even the most innocent of small birds can give a small pang of fear by bursting from a hedgerow as we enjoy a country walk. And, like uncontrolled emotions, birds can cause full-blown panic if they stray indoors and beat confined, domestic space with urgent wings.
Several of the poems in this issue of LG New Poetry could be classed as visiting migrants. We have contributions from poets originating from or based in Canada, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Our first foreign-language poem is by the Spanish poet Amado Storni; and it appears alongside a specially-composed English version. Readers might like to respond to this – or to any other feature of London Grip poetry – by using a comment facility which follows the last poem in this posting.
I am grateful to all contributors for sending me so much enjoyable and challenging work. And I am grateful too for the interesting email discussions that sometimes follow from my comments or suggestions about some aspect of a poem. On a more personal note, I’d also like to take this opportunity of thanking the many readers who sent me good wishes for recovery from the broken leg I sustained through being run over by an example of the native British and ubiquitous white van; I am pleased to report that I am making good progress.
Please send submissions for the next issue (September 2012) to firstname.lastname@example.org, enclosing no more than three poems and including a brief, 2-3 line, biography
Kerrin P. Sharpe
Shaking hands with Vincent
vincent feeds the golden mouth of his canvas he palm prints the wind here a drawbridge raises the mind of a small horse he paints a weathervane as the moon's elbow the hands of sowers their memories of seed a private collection of drying fish the potato eaters are sleep walkers their bullock cart a bible of mauve earth in the cornfield vincent's hands are crows
Kerrin P. Sharpe
Reading the Church
My mother the lay sister translates the voices of relics from a hammock of ribs high in the church. She wakes the accordion pleats of statues. She meets the creator of halos the milliner, laid out in stone. Here lambs the blood and bone of Limbo, only imagine the font. Here wing voices of guardian angels iron sheets of lead and glass from the life of Christ. Here the weft and warp threads of unanswered prayers knit the bones of the Holy Child and his tiny sanctuary slippers. Here my mother keeps the hours of the Virgin until the great cage of the Angelus settles around her.
Kerrin P. Sharpe is a teacher of creative writing. She has recently been published in Best NZ Poems 08, 09 and 10, and The Best of Best NZ Poems. Her first collection will be published soon.
Black Middens Bastle
Crows flap the cold towards us coming in low on undertakers’ coat-tails. Snow smells of tin soured by mountain water and blood’s black glaze on a dropped-too-soon’s sodden tangle that never got warm, picked blue in the ditch to innocent bone by February’s end, forgotten. Years since we came to church. Sins and secrets, long-winded as the river on its stony course, do their disappear, dissolve in us, attend their own purpose.
Black Middens is a sixteenth century fortified farmhouse on the Anglo-Scottish borders
Pippa Little is Scots, born in Tanzania, raised in Scotland and now lives in Northumberland. Recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, The Andrew Waterhouse Prize, The Biscuit International Poetry Prize and The Norman MacCaig Centenary Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, text journals and online. Her collections include Foray (Biscuit Press, 2009), The Snow Globe (Red Squirrel, 2011) and Overwinteringwhich is due from Oxford Poets/Carcanet in October 2012.
My Uncle’s Creed
I heard my uncle’s low-slung notes before I saw him, a feral litany of bass pulsing through the grey paving slabs of Kentish Town. Since he’d given up on a son and wedlock, it seemed that God had marked him for a book of psalms. His eyes scraped across his set face to look inside the mirror of my own , but he’d refused to speak, since I married an englezo , so he passed, contriving to groan Jesus Christ, the saints and the Holy Spirit aided by a gargle of communion wine. He headed towards his wifeless maisonette, liturgies thrumming with the shoddiness of all mankind, each vowel pouring like lava with God slurred in a burning Kyrie Eleison.
Maria Taylor is a poet and reviewer of Cypriot origin. Her poetry has appeared in publications including, The North, Staple, The Guardian and others. Her debut collection Melanchrini is out with Nine Arches Press in July 2012.
A park, rus in urbe, a place to rest in peace, with roses, weeping willow: but we can’t contain the dead, they’re roused from sleep to sour the air, rusting every crack and crevice, a breath that smuts the back of necks; they’re reduced to ash, the lug of bone made light as laughter shivering the trees. We bear the weight of stones and slabs, heaving marble garlands, plaques proclaiming great works and deeds. They can’t release their grip, their names chiselled into benches where we sit. They thrust themselves upon us, insist we don’t forget.
Sacred to the memory
Not even stone can hold us, words erased in poison air. We speak without words, with our eyes, our works, and etch our shapes in memory; frail lace etched in the brain. In poison air we speak with angels, scrolls and glyphs. We speak in memory, its frail lace, honour what has turned to dust ; we honour stone. Even stone will turn to dust where all around us is erased, and dust remembers nothing, no eyes, no shapes. We hold on to words: how we shaped our lives, our works (they vanish into air), how we etched memory in the air.
The trees imprison me, rigid wardens. I match them in my stillness, my stiff resolve. The marrow of the dead seeps into their roots, they carry omens in their leaves. I cannot leave as long as they are watching. They smuggle night inside their trunks and in daylight, crowd the glass with shadows. They reflect their frozen sky in me, my sightless eye, my hardened cheek. The bars caress my face, a grid of days. The world is square, like the map that shows us where we are: I am here. You are somewhere else.
Tamar Yoseloff’s fourth collection, The City with Horns, was published by Salt in 2011 (a London Grip review by Chris Beckett appears at https://londongrip.co.uk/2011/11/poery-review-winter-2011-yoseloff/). She has recently published the poem Desire Paths, a limited edition with woodcuts by Linda Karshan printed by the Galerie Hein Elferink (Netherlands). The poem above is from the pamphlet Formerly, with photographs by Vici MacDonald, to be published in June 2012 by Hercules Press.
Is it you following me, or I you – sensing rather than seeing, you who look so tall around each corner – and is our life slipping away a shadow on water? How can we find each other as we pass through these night streets, this gap-toothed square its portico risen from grime, down narrow-lit alleys, the same maze but changed that we never walked together? The house looms known in the dark, suspended over the river. Waves lap sunken piles. I open the door, but like a cupboard, it’s full of a long-gone winter – blankets, dry driftwood, coats. I start pulling them out but are you still there, can we find our way? Drowning in wool, in the old sound of the river I wake, and wonder: is it you following me, or I you and is our life slipping away a shadow on water?
Fiona Moore lives in Greenwich, London, and has had poems in various magazines, last year including Poetry London and The Rialto. She has a blog at http://displacement-poetry.blogspot.com. She has a pamphlet forthcoming from HappenStance
Scarred as the Martian cliffscape, blind as the Cyclops deceived, frail as a Chinese lantern, you graciously accept invitations and enter breath-held rooms with modest charisma. The rounds of delicate applause must have been for you but that summer has turned to winter. I take your cold hands in mine and look into your eyes and see what you can see. You speak again of supper with the Archduke and a party on the water and the odour of the gods.
Politics or The Way Of The World
All arguments stop here, you imagine, although they have at last closed the border. No more crossings. Their dogs will talk to us. Naturally, there will be some seepage. Air is large. How can they keep everyone in? By night, I work on the accounts. One coin, then another. I hear them fall like sleet with a consistency of stone. Money brings happiness if only I balance the books. We could get out tonight except they would then follow or even now, yes, be waiting for us... I promised but secrets unbind themselves at last. Definition is a movable feast under each sun.
Alan Dunnett is the MA Screen Course Leader at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. His poem-film ‘Let In’ has recently been selected for several international festivals including Cyprus, Nuremburg and Kenya. Poems will soon be appearing in The Robin Hood Book and Other Poetry
The sky flashes pink/green/pink/grey through the larch trees lattice; occupying the plain below us, is a town my parents cannot name. Nana would if she could speak,; she knows the place, its local delicacies, the local dances, what rogues the traders are, which edge of the border jigsaw we fit on. Every day we have learned the same lesson about strokes, wheelchairs, and old women. My sister died in these woods two days ago.
This town has a large square, a town hall, a campanile, no church that we can see. There will be banks, pawnbrokers, phones, fax, perhaps a bribeable clerk or official who will let us board a bus or train quietly. This morning Mama found our lost heirlooms in Nana’s soiled underclothes. Two weeks ago selling these things could have flown us out. Now we shall have to take our chances here. First we have to steer Nana down this slope.
Uncle Paul would not have gotten this far; he sought sanctuary in the Hospice opposite the unmarked building where he was grilled by men in matching leather coats, beaten & broken, dumped in an alley, pissed on by dogs, left as crow meat for professing his faith in public. The ten-year-old robbers who took his shoes & wallet shouted this news up to our window. We packed one bag each before the Offical Visit. Now we will see how far our faith takes us.
Canadians can outtalk Texans on size; moose will win that argument every time, big hat no cattle gets you sent to Calgary. Flying to San Francisco from London seemed to happen mostly in Canadian airspace, hour after hour overflying the sort of Arctic waste the Mounties always got their man in; there really was no hiding place, or at least none unclaimed by wolves or hibernating bears.
The pilot pointed out salient features as if we might need to remember these if the plane crashed and we survived. Places I had heard of materialised, arranged carelessly on either side of the 49th parallel’s ideological construct; Mt. Hozomeen, Desolation, Terror, proved suitably awesome & desolate but Jack Kerouac danced into my dream waving his wine jug shouting Go! Go!
I had looked forward to seeing Denver, keen to match Dynasty’s credits to reality, as the plane cruised over the Rockies, but our world is a multi-dimensional book, & now, following the Earth’s curvature, I was flying west into a new morning, the arc over Iceland, Greenland, Canada shadows the Viking route to Vinland where everything seemed possible, and still does to travellers heading West.
Brian Docherty lives in north London and is a member of Word for Word Writers Group.
He has 3 books; Armchair Theatre (Hearing Eye, 1999), Desk with a View (Hearing Eye, 2008) and
Woke up this Morning (due from Smokestack Books, Oct 2012).
Come on then. First, at dawn lambs’ hearts, liver, quails. Each day I tend them, warder, doctor, counsellor. Gwylum, Munin, Baldrick scurrying with clipped wings, Branwen, Gundulf. I watch over them my time shackled by theirs. All through the day there’s talk of severed heads and tales of those who fled the Tower but Hugine, Erin, Merlin you will never leave. Then at dusk, away from feral cat and fox, safe behind bars Thor steals my words and tosses them back. Come on then.
This poem uses actual names of ravens in the Tower of London. (Ravens are excellent mimics).
Sally Long is a teacher and postgraduate Creative Writing student at the universities of Newcastle and East London. Her poems have been published in Ink, Sweat and Tears and South.
Y yo tan solo What my loneliness is like
Sincero como los niños y los borrachos, As earnest as a child or drunkard, travieso como la musa de los artistas, tantalising as an artist’s muse, inútil como la flor del coleccionista, flat and sterile as pressed flowers, extraño como los besos en los despachos. out of place as kisses in an office.
Absurdo como las balas y las banderas, Absurd as banners vindicating bullets, insulso como los labios hechos de mármol, bland as parted lips in marble, herido como las hojas que caen del árbol, blighted as the autumn’s cast-off leaves, errante como el aroma de Primavera. elusive as the scents of spring.
Distante como la voz de los dictadores, Muffled as mouthed edicts from dictators, perdido como un “te quiero” en un telegrama, incongruous as love you in a telegram, confuso como la muerte frente al espejo. confused as Death reflected in a mirror.
Inquieto como un alérgico entre las flores, Edgy as my allergies near flower beds, vacío como un diario sin crucigrama... empty as my daily paper with no crossword …. Y yo siempre tan solo y tu siempre tan lejos. and desolate as I am always while you stay away.
(English version by GW and MBB)
Amado Storni (a pseudonym in honour of the Argentinan poet Alfonsina Storni) was born in Madrid. He has published four poetry collections, most recently Post no Passes (Net Vision Publishing, 2008). For more information see http://amadostorni.blogspot.com/
GW is a professional translator living and working in New York; MBB edits London Grip new Poetry
Photo, Cotswolds circa 1935
His wife has the most sunlight and the darkest look. One arm hidden could be fingering a dagger in the folds of her black dress. She's all angles, wiry hair pulled from her face. Her husband's lover fusses over a collie, shoulders and arms rounded, her features soft, her light tweeds better suited to country living, the bag on her lap big enough to cover her heart. The friend is the only one smiling, projecting the relaxed image of being in good company. The husband/photographer controls the view, choosing what he wants us to see.
Emma Lee’s collection Yellow Torchlight and the Blues was published by Original Plus. She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and regularly reviews for The Journal and Sphinx.
The Show Must Go On
death stands in the wings the maiden, in the spotlight catches his eye and winks (offstage they were an item for a while but kept it quiet) this time when she collapses it's for real, her heart has stopped death steps forward, right on cue as the children scream delighted he's behind you
Bruce Christianson is from Whangarei, in New Zealand. After training as a mathematician he has spent twenty-five years teaching in Hertfordshire. Death knows where he is.
Having survived the impoverished years with a patience that comes from impeccable breeding, Nevsky Prospekt makes its way like the grand narrative of history – from Moscow Station where we arrived, bleary eyed on the night-train and felt how air was chiller, to the state rooms of the Hermitage which later we duly admired. The slightly crumbling neo-classical facades were the pastel shades of icing, pale blues and greens, while the yellow, an ocean of paint picked up as a cheap job lot, is said to create the illusion of warmth in the depths of winter’s depression. There were amputees on the pavement, their stumps bound tightly in parcel tape, and bored touts like jesters in brightly coloured boiler-suits. Loud hailers that crackled all day long were promoting city tours and not proclaiming some new invasion. Beneath its theatrical drapes a shopping mall was being scrubbed for the future, the age of the oligarch and the business lunch.
David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984, but then stopped writing for twenty years. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing. A new collection, Work Horses, will appear in 2012 from Ward Wood Publishing.
How To Make A Summer Radio With Discarded Objects
take a butter box and an old fire grate some loops of rainbows to reel in the songs that are gathering just over there listen to the secrets that stayed whispering never thinking they would be broadcast to all the listeners tuning in already blue and white gingham to cover the lid where the speakers are waiting to send out sounds and a couple of standards from the broken fence to secure the radio as the earth is still shaking and stretch number eight wire up past the clouds to receive the announcements that jostle in the air waves then lie back and listen to your own real radio ears smiling what skill
George/ Teoti Jardine, was born in Queenstown, of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and has been writing poetry off and on most of his life. He has had poems published in Te Panui Runaka, the Burwood Hospital News Letter and the Christchurch Press Poetry section.
I usually don't mind this time of year But I ask you - call this spring? I’d tell you what I call it Only it's not fit for ladies They say we need the rain Well I bloody don't for one mate
That's for sure When I'm out all weathers And sod all to show for it What with all them blooming flowers. You tell me what's gone to seed in April I'll tell you what
Well nothing bar them bloody dandelion clocks I says to my missus, I says Them as is always going on about Living in the country Should try it for a while How would they manage
Foraging for puff balls? That's what I'd like to know Too much damned puff and not enough balls That's what I say That always makes my missus laugh Well these days if you can't laugh What can you do?
Nothing That's what
Anyway so back we are With them itty-bitty seeds And a family to feed Well usually I just get on with it But when it comes to picking at wet fluff There I draw the line
And another thing With the heads so full of water As soon as I get on the job The whole damn thing keels over And dumps me in the grass Apart from soaking me through something awful It makes me look ridiculous
I've seen them peeping From behind their nets And laughing They think it's a great lark Well it's not, madam It's a bloody goldfinch Just trying to make a living.
F.M. Brown was born in Yorkshire but came south to Bedfordshire and subsequently began writing poetry – some of which has been published in Other Poetry, Interpreter’s House and London Grip
Myths of London’s Parakeets
Jimi Hendrix pushes up the sash; a breeding pair skims his halo of curls, screeches over Montagu square, settles in a plane tree.
Jimi, who has just dropped a tab, smiles at their psychedelic escape. **** 1950
In Shepperton for ‘The African Queen’, Humphrey Bogart, cigarette glued to his lip, is feeding ring-necks apple from a knife.
Bogie calls to Lauren and they leave: The door is open to the sky behind them. **** 1857
John Samuels, a Hampstead lawyer, gifts two birds to his ailing daughter. She adores them for their rosy beaks, their emerald-green plumage.
In a week he takes the cage to the heath, throws birds to the air, his tears streaming.
Roy Marshall is based in Leicester and has only recently begun to send work to magazines. He has had work accepted by The Rialto, Magma, Staple, Smiths Knoll, The Shop and elsewhere. His pamphlet Gopagilla will is published by Crystal Clear Creators in 2012.
A tickle in the throat announces flu. Three days, too long to try to fight it off. Thirty days to pay off all the bills. Three hundred to be born, and more to die. The idle moments are the ones that count.
A blackbird sings at high noon in the hospital park. She'll be going home soon with her brand-new heart.
Someone died, and someone's saved for a few more years. The silent blackbird flies away from once and future tears.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland, and teaches in the English Department at the University of Basel. His poems and translations have been published worldwide. His most recent book publication is A Matter of Wonder (Karger, 2011), a collection of science essays by Gottfried Schatz, translated from the German.
Waiting for Muhommed
How loud those small birds sing. The coffee’s cold, croissants and sugared rolls lie untouched on a white plate. From my balcony I watch cruisers, ferries, yachts, come and go between small fleets of fishing boats, hear you saying Oh, for Christ's sake, these things run their course, but you’re the past, way back in Barcelona, while Spain is just a long blue stain of hills across Bab el-Zakat. How quickly they’ve gone, these last six months, how smoothly, sailor, you’ve faded into the sea-mist. I take your lucky dollars from their chain, toss them down into the courtyard where they splash and glitter among euros, cents and dirhams in the fountain’s mosaic bowl. In just five minutes, Muhommed and his rusting cab will be here. He’ll bow, smile, fling open its boot, its battered door, ask And where to now, Madame? as if I really knew.
Angela Kirby was born in Lancashire and now lives in London. Her poems are widely published and have won a handful of prizes. She was the BBC’s Wildlife Poet of the Year in 1996 and 2001. Her two collections, Mr Irresistible and Dirty Work, are published by Shoestring Press.
Even When Light Failed
Mirrors have a heart of stone. The harsh/tender eyes of the thirteen year old dig into every reflective surface lying in wait along a path strewn with enough obstacles to challenge a champion, and sure enough, they unearth nothing but doubt. Is my hair straight enough, my neckline low enough, my lips enough, my shoes, my bag?
I steal into the panes Pamela leaves behind, search for traces of what she cannot perceive, even with her 20/20 vision. But mirrors are harder than stone. Meticulously treacherous, they wipe every face from memory as soon as it turns.
Stone would take pity, safeguard the image, embellish, stand by in this world and the next. If Pamela’s frowns, secretive smiles were chiselled in granite, she could wander among them and even when light failed, touch the arch of her nose, curve of the lip, know herself to be daughter of the sun god, queen of all Egypt:
a lion with a woman’s face one day, bearded conqueror the next.
A girl feeding sunflowers to a hungry nuthatch, pink barrette in her hair in place of the sacred serpent, the cell phone her key of life.
Anna Mioduchowska’s poems, translations, stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, on buses, and have been aired on the radio. An author of two poetry collections, In-Between Season, and Some Flowers Do Well in Flowerpots, she was born in Poland and lives in Edmonton, Canada
They trudge the shingle beach again, each giving step resounding down through depths of sea-smoothed stones,
and push towards the farther end to search amongst a cliff’s collapse for traces of an ancient world.
Their brightly-chequered travel rug asserts a garish square of now onto the gently curving strand,
its muted palette of the past - all ferrous brown and creamy flint, or blue-grey lias, fossil-flecked –
and there they sit, absorbed by waves, allowing time to pass until the daughter finds an ammonite,
her little fingers following its corrugated swirling lines as if to draw the solid ghost
of life that lived so long ago that putting numbers to the years is meaningless for her. She knows
no more than here and now, but sees how much the fossil’s shape is like an ear, and holds it to her own.
‘There’s nothing left,’ a local said. The platform’s gone, the station house converted to a private home – adventure playground for the kids, a bench beside the Evenlode.
Across the tracks a nettled yard that’s full of disused vehicles, flat-tyred or burned-out, rusting through the quiet hours while nothing comes or goes but cars over the bridge
which saunter up the hill towards a bigger town and never turn along the narrow road that leads to Adlestrop, its sloping lanes of honeyed walls and early blooms,
its tiny multi-purpose shop closed-up for lunch, its silent church which gazes blankly over fields, these empty fields of Gloucestershire – all stilled, as in a daydream pause.
Where buses loiter once a day a shelter - neatly kept, like new - displays the station’s cast iron sign as if announcing: where you stand is something more than just a name.
Originally from Chingford, Phil Kirby currently lives and works in Gloucestershire. He has run Waldean Press, been an East Midlands Arts ‘New Voice’ and bursary recipient, has had several pamphlets published and his first full collection,Watermarks from Arrowhead Press, came out in 2009. More at his website: www.waldeanpress.co.uk. He can also be followed on Twitter: @pkk31
On A Green Lane In The Afternoon
The green lane alongside Pickering’s Wood in the patchy shadows of half-past four with grass stalks wagging slightly and sissing and Clump Hill Farm brown and grey on its rise is a place not to let the past dog your heels or be in two minds about being unsure but to feel the air at your unbuttoned neck and look at rose hips, and blue flies on leaves. I was walking there and it was September. Buzzards were circling ellipses of sky, swallows swerved in and out of spaces, slavering cows’ dewlaps wobbled and swung and September was as it usually was. Sunlight lit on the shape of a fox, gingerish at the foot of the hedge that was leading me round a bend in the lane. The fox didn’t see me or hear me or smell me, but stared as I closed in on where it sat across the field at something or anything. Then it stood slowly, yawned, showed me its rump and began to pick its steps through the grass. The grass was warm, the puddles crazed, sun and what breeze there was in our faces and neither of us saw reason to hurry, but the hawthorn hedge suddenly rattled and snapped and a wood pigeon clattered out of the foliage, shakily steadied and launched overhead in a clapping arc. As it flew across, the fox cowered and peered and its gaze fell from pigeon to me. Then the nettles it slipped into closed behind and gnats brought news of the following day.
Robert Etty was born in Lincolnshire, where he still lives. His poems have appeared in a range of magazines and his most recent collection is The Horncastle Executioner, published by Nunny Books of Grimsby.
On hearing Dusapin’s String Quartet No. 6 (‘Hapax’)
I am, of course, a spider: my obstinacy, a viola; my gossamer back-and-forthing, woven ruminations of a violin. Watch me, busy always to continue a spider’s life. All things love the little kingdom they inherit. This is home, intricate with fetched fidget, this scratchy bow-flight is a busy cello urging me to tracery, all tossed about in winds of orchestra. And did you hear that bar when everything united, when an abseil’s pause swung, magnified by a coalescence in the score? It was as if the sun saw our swaying, and hurried to republish the mystery of me.
Chris Jackson lives in Hackney and works as a journalist. Over the last few years, his poems have appeared in many magazines and sites including Ambit, Equinox, The Interpreter’s House and Ink, Sweat & Tears. He reads regularly at London venues. An e-chapbook The Monkey Fragment is forthcoming from Silkworms Ink.
All of me
From words made famous by Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons
Once I was all heart with eyes on you. That left no part of me I'll never want to lose to you. Was I to go "My left arm’s all that I can part with"? No! So you can use me how you want to! Take the part I’ll never use without you; part your wanton lips and cry "Go on! Go on! That was so good!"
Eyes see; eyes want - that was why you took me on. Arms use; arms lose; lips go "goodbye dear" - that was how you left me. All your "I’m so good to you" was cant. You never took my wants to heart. You never took me to see Can-Can - not with all the good parts. I was left with out-takes: I'll go with them to the can.
Thomas Ovans has worked for many years as a technical writer and editor. He has recently extended his output to include literary articles and reviews – not to mention poetry which has appeared in London Grip and Smiths Knoll