Adventures in chromosomes, in the subway where the busker plays | Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen | Electric light on skin, on the shoulder | of a bottle of wine | so new | on the skin, its tiny voice | howls in my head for days after | Paper flowers | of orgasm | unfolding in water | those poor | helpless flowers | bucketloads | of them | what are your slogans | Pleasure not morals or Never apologise. Never explain | in this? | Leaning on a metal rail | watching cherry blossoms float down the river | clog in scummed eddies | and the derelict land over there | means the developers are moving in | Waiting for a call | dumb words about bosses, schedules | the times of trains | shine like murmured scripture | like oysters | cracked exhausted on their pearls | In the beginning and begat and begat… | A liaison on pheromones | the sudden jolt that spills | the cat | running through shards from the cream | Friends | only? | The epics turn into passing | anecdotes | the Battle of Such-and-such | tucked away | at the back of a calendar | May 5th or | whatever | so many | wounded | so many | captured | so many | dead | What will Darwin do | with the pomegranates | wrapped in plastic on the shelves, their seeds | contained? | The wind blows fingers and wedding rings | down streets emptied after a bombing | Half awake and half | asleep | which half | is true? | Stuff the body | of the angel | back into us | and this time | don’t let its tears | slip out | and don’t | gag on the bones in the wings

Psychobabble and corporatespeak | Poems menacingly constructed | with elision and scenario | the dramatic ego | back in the centre | I, I, I… | Exhaustion is betrayal’s end | I said I’d call you | But silence and forgetting is better | each moment Godzilla | a monster | with rooms and views | other boys | other girls | interesting | surfaces | new | theories | argots | fantastic | products | brilliant | bargains | What, what, what? | What did I mean? | Novelty is betrayal’s end | The answer, my friend

 


from the series fleeting pixel (series of 1,000 poems, 2012–2016)

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