Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A Poem In Progress

After reading other interesting blogs, I thought it might be fun to post a poem in progress on my blog. Of course, this work-in-progress is (c) copyright.

It starts in Melling
runs via Liverpool
New York
San Francisco
does it end here?


Lemsip Max can of Screen-Clene 32 Mandanol branded Paracetemol copy of Mercy magazine Issue 24 March 2005 Bill Viola Observance Exhibition Guide National Museums Liverpool Apple iPod 20GB Various Royal Mail receipts Various photographs Advent 6000 laptop computer Toshiba HDD & DVD Video Recorder RD- XS30 Logitech Wireless Mouse Scan View TFT Broadcast Monitor Copy of Fire # 24 Maxtor One Touch external Hard Drive Nokia 6610i mobile telephone Parker ballpoint pen Lett's 2005 A5 Diary Free Compact Disc from The Guardian Newspaper including music from British Sea Power Bloc Party and Mercury Rev an Anchor Steam Beer bottle top Explorer 4200 DVB set-top box Staedler Mars 777 0.5 pencil a Penguin Francoise Sagan Bonjour Tristesse mug


Photograph of Liverpool Cathedral by Tom Cox a 2005 Cats Calendar by Andy Warhol Liverpool Skyline Painting by John Jennings copy of the Bran Van 3000 logo various compact discs including UNKLE 'Psyence Fiction' Mogwai 'Happy Songs For Happy People' Ryan Adams 'Love Is Hell' Parts One and Two a BBC Royalty Payment Cheque un-cashed framed with a photograph by Karl Gielinck 'Billy' bookcases an uncharged Psion Revo Adrian Henri's 'Collected Poems' BT telephone upside down hotel room newspaper cutting a porcelain dog a copper windmill an angle-poise lamp Body Shop Hemp cream last few copies of 'Poetry and Skin Cream' boxed stacked printer paper rolled up British Sea Power tour poster used aeroplane tickets London A-Z bought at King's Cross station Parisian map

deerstalker driven walk
map upside
down canals lead
to docks

breakfast first thing
coffee and eggs
staying above San Remo

caged birds after Le
Tourist Nou Camp
spectacular falafal
and sunlit squares

neighbourhood bar
candlelit winter
night cryptic messages
on newspaper front-page

artists chess players
cab drivers
propelled by Anchor and Sierra

Farrell to Vernon St
measured electric glide
city centre morning bustle
landmarks remain

Vernon St to Jordan St
via St James' Mount
Monday coolness heated
refectory fodder

A solitary daffodil stands on a motorway verge in recognition of the first day of spring

Catharine Street front room painted dream spiral lunchtime after office curry phone-calls from Laura back bedroom down into the kitchen football in the corridor

Moving days boxed memories poetry an odd bedfellow to New Deal galleries set in derelict warehouses Wolstenholme Square anarchist artists squatter's rights

Poetry in members clubs how about crypt of The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King? Art galleries on December nights steamed up windows and Off Licences

Buddleia Warehouse roof shots envisaging a penthouse view to the Cathedral cellar visiting arch low-light hard hat a licence to roam explore streets become familiar

Fox Street a friary meeting place hill walking to the tower fence climbing city a map below in the haze of daybreak

Consolation red arms gathering a soul bereft anticipation of survival journeys along coastal tracks marshland birds stagnant leaded public art leading to Oriel Mostyn

Snowdon Buffet Bar Bangor Station meeting place after trekking armed with poetry and skin cream study centre first editions and Thomas's typewriter letters and notes

Amnesiac Red Stripe beer a desk-top computer floppy discs poetry carried in pockets transposed through Revo paper and memory

A vase of daffodils on a bedside table in recognition of a birthday

Woking a different air lunch-time foot court madness newspaper too large for tables hotels a writing machine entertainment system photographs postcards home reminders

Day war broke out watching Heathrow jets spring flowers baskets swinging loosely in a warmed breeze news updates satellites free newspapers in reception feeling far from

Nature and integration wood where signal dies foxes run in straight lines petrol station odd giver of life