I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library- Jorge Borges

Sunday, 10 June 2012


Burt Reynolds smiles into the eye of a sheep,
this reminds him of his own testicles
that urgently need unloading.
He blinks and turns away from the sheep
then looks back at it.
A moment passes.

He jumps over a nearby fence into 
private land.
Knocks on a lime green door surrounded by rhododendrons
and enjoys the fuchsia petals and the light fragrance
that appears whilst he waits.
The door opens and an old man with no hair 
and a gluttonous stomach looks at him
"What can I do for you?"
"I need to borrow your wife"
"What for?"
'To relieve the stress knotted up in my aching balls"
"What the ffff fffuck, you ffff  fffucking fffuck"
The old man clenches his fist and his face turns the colour of Merlot wine.  
Burt takes a step back and turns to walk away,
but the man chases him.

Burt runs and jumps over the fence
in one swift move.
There's a loud crash behind him.
The old man didn't make the jump.

Burt tries hiding behind a flock of sheep
and waits to go back inside the garden of the old man with the
gluttonous stomach.
He wants to pick a handful of rhododendrons
to give to his wife.
Heaven knows, she deserves them.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Pampered Poodle

She lifts up her grey, pleated skirt
And shows her pink, frilly knickers to a
Little pampered poodle.
A small lipstick pops out from the underbelly
Of its curly, white coat.
The young woman giggles
In a way that would annoy most adults.
She then applies the red lipstick to her

Friday, 23 September 2011

The Botanist's unfinished plan.

In a forest away from public scrutiny,
there hides the daughter of a revered Botanist
who in the later part of life created his ideal embodiment
of Mother Nature.

There in her follicles
four hundred thousand seeds of ivy lie.
Her hair grows and grows, and vines
through the forest as days go by.
Summer is easy and carefree but
in the winter there needs a prompt
so every morning she calls out-
''Sunlight! Sunlight! Bow down your might!''
To which the colour of chlorophyll spreads delight.

She tried life in society,
thought of growing up against a family home wall.
Camouflaging herself with the other Hedera hibernica.
Disappearing in that sort of half-life kind of way.
But seeing the people and how they lived
the lack of stillness, the lack of beauty,
the excess of noise, the cars, the pollution it all caused-
it's true that without indecisiveness, and to feed the Botanist's plight
she knew being among the wild felt right.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The new look of intellectual

no one speaks of my new face
i painted my nose blue
i added more hair to my eyebrows

i thought i would look more intellectual if
my brain could be seen by all
so i found a man (Dr Chan) who replaced my forehead
with a transparent window to my neocortex

he told me 'the look' is catching on in Paris and Tokyo.
they're speaking about my face there
soon everyone will want this

soon beauty will be all about the brain

[illustration by Paulo Rafael]

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Cat and the Cake

A fudge cake is cut into five pieces and shared equally between
a cat and four people. After the fudge cake is eaten in various
ways they all walk in separate directions, following a path given
uniquely to them. The paths are unequal in length but lead to the
same place. The cat will get there first with the taste of toffee still fresh.

Monday, 18 July 2011

A Blakean Park

Little girl go to the park
hurry before it gets dark
feel the magic and mirth
fall between heaven and earth.

Tired man go to the park
hurry before it gets dark
forget work and do not moan
for soon she will be all grown.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


In her reflection
a vein on her neck looks obvious.
She’s never seen it before.
She holds her breath and jogs mildly on the spot.
Its thickness multiplies by two.
Then multiplies by two again.
It runs from her jaw to shoulder
and from this she realises-
her orgasm must look sinewy.

she rolls onto the ball of her foot. And sinks.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Gil Scott-Heron. April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

I heard about Heron's death today and I am truly sad. He was an exceptional poet, musician, and activist. I included him in the opening paragraph of my poetry assignment only two weeks ago. Here I speak about his influence;

''Leaving a democracy to live in a Communist country serves as an unlikely introduction into poetry, but that is how it began for me. I was teaching English in China and quickly became shocked at how aspects of the country operated; in a nutshell Mao was considered a God, global empire was pushed at the expense of its people and horrific injustices like Tiananmen Square were swept under the carpet. This is where my appreciation for poets like Allen Ginsberg and Gil Scott-Heron began to surface. Living in a country for eight months where popular networking sites like Youtube, Facebook and Google pages were banned, Heron’s 1970s poem The Revolution Will Not Be Televised became relevant to me then, as it had been to others in the generation it was written. I began to understand poetry's ability to dismantle personal prejudice and how it can initiate new ways of thinking, and so this became a principle reason why I started writing poetry; not necessarily to send out grand messages, but rather show myself (and hopefully a few others along the way) that there are constantly new ways of looking at the same things, and poetic devices like metaphor, semantics and word combinations encourage this.''

Few people contributed to performance poetry in the way that he did. The only light in this loss is that his lyrical talents will be more appreciated and enjoyed now more than ever. RIP.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Importance of Pausing

my tongue is too small for my mouth
it has to stretch for dental consonants.
the roof of my mouth wishes it could kneel down
before my tongue and bridge the gap,
washing over this vertiginous feeling
that all this extra work is causing

i need to breath properly when i talk
separate each word with an invisible knot
make a sentence
and pause [known as tying the knot]
pause again if i’m emphasising a

             [pause for three seconds]
                   i'm scared to kiss
             [pause for three seconds]

sentences begin to run smoothly again
but as soon as i lose myself in excitement, frustration, importance;
when words matter the most, everyone goes,
''Come again''

Monday, 23 May 2011


It was a good day
when I met Bukowski.
He held my hand.
Real tight.
Then he carried me over his shoulder
from the post office to his place.
His door was marked ''Hank's House''.
The walls were stained yellow.
He sat me down on his drawers and
untied my rabbit fur boots and
placed them on his windowsill.
He stroked them for a while,
as though they were one of his beloved cats.

Then he laid down on the floor next to his bed.
I thought this was strange.
He told me to think of his chest as
a spring board.
''Imagine you’re trying to touch the ceiling and
I thought this was even stranger, so I asked
''Because I want to feel the weight of you on my
heart.'' he replied.
To hurt him I did not want, but I wanted to
appease him more, so I stepped on his chest
(his skin felt loose beneath my feet) and jumped.
And as I did,
he caught my ankles
which brought my arms thrashing through the air.