Canto XCV

Beware the herald of a poetry boom,
it usually means that things are back to normal—
the red wine shindigs in rented ballrooms;

a live scene, street savvy and informal.
The one lot speak of mild epiphanies
in foreign climes; the other lot opine all

the wars and curse their corporate enemies.
And neither write of shagging, though the one
might imply it in some mild mannered treatise

on bumping into old lovers at some
gathering of their mutual friends;
while the other lot, like preachers, loudly damn

the shallow coital fumblings that end
in every way but long, enduring love.
All the while, some lone psychopath spends

a week printing out pages in his flat,
the spattered ink stains reflecting the spouts
of spunk and blood and piss and tears and sweat

he’s collected from fellow inebriates,
to flog in pubs and local greasy cafes
to people that have never spared a thought

for poetry, perhaps because their lives—
the spreadsheet hours relieved by television,
the rare relief of sex and countless pints—

don’t intrude on the bold creative visions
of dueling monocultures that we’re told
make up the varied poetries of Britain,

“…original…” “…genre-defying…” “…bold.”


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. reading-stars
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 18:05:25

    Glad the observations don’t just belong to me – love this.


  2. peter litton
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 01:09:47

    I like this ‘cos it’s a bit controversial and has a hint of truth.
    But what do they expect…these are the New Anglo Saxons they are drawn hear from every country and creed on earth. Radical free speech, scurrilous bad behaviour and insane self belief have always been a hall mark of this city and the country in general. So poets will write what they feel, given their experience, and if people don’t like it…that’s tough.


  3. Jody Porter
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 01:46:00

    I think I’ve used the word “bold” in a review before. Shan’t do it again.


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