A triptych on the process of writing poetry. Each example grapples with a difficulty in writing (and reading) poetry, and all at least engage with different philosophies that compose poetry. Each poem has more or less been influenced by Henryk Górecki's third symphony and the implications of its second movement, lento e lento.
An address to some cheesy chips a girl is eating in a kebab shop who probably wants me to leave her alone.
A first-'person' narrative poem, told from the perspective of God on the opening phrase of the New Testament; 'In the beginning there was the word'. Heavily influenced by T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land', as it is a pastiche written by the character Chris, an embodiment of the aforementioned poem
A ballad-esque protest song inspired by Bob Dylan on the subject of the 1969 Stonewall riots.
a poem about a cigarette, spoken in the time taken to smoke one.
A pastiche of the wonderfully beautiful poem, 'Having a Coke with You' by Frank O'Hara. I am attempting to explore the Unheimlich feeling of Hara's philosophy of poetry being about a conversation between two people. Consequently, this poem disrupts the conversation into that of a monologue of a suicidal speaker. Displaying that of ego-death or the dissolution of self. However, not in the Freudian/Jungian sense, instead a late-capitalist/postmodern. Thus, attempting to ascribe a poetic connection between Mark Fisher's Capitalist Realism concept and the current mental health crisis.
A poem written whilst in the Marsden moors near the location known as Easter Gate.
A narrative poem which details the story if our star-crossed lovers survived and were not quite that star-crossed.