June – Andrew Fentham

 

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The Plot to Decapitate Joss Stone

Two men sit down in a room
and plot to decapitate Joss Stone.

They hatch this in Manchester but know
that a plot to decapitate Joss Stone

will entail a long drive to Devon
with the tools to decapitate Joss Stone:

a samurai sword, three knives, two hammers
and a hosepipe (the latter presumably

for cleaning up and washing away
the mess of decapitating Joss Stone).

Neither has visited London before
they plot to decapitate Joss Stone

so one of them puts out the feelers on whether
a trip to decapitate Joss Stone

might take in Tower Bridge and Big Ben.
The plot to decapitate Joss Stone

needn’t be workworkwork.
Alone in a Newport Pagnell carpark

he silently tips a latte libation
for the plot to decapitate Joss Stone,

wondering for the first time who Nero is
and if he would decapitate Joss Stone.

Before he’s decided, the other emerges
having purchased an album by Joss Stone.

‘Know thy enemy.’ From there on
they critique the songs of Joss Stone

and argue over which of them manages
to hit all the notes like Joss Stone.

‘Why don’t you marry her? Do you even
want to decapitate Joss Stone?’

‘Just watch where you’re…’ Bickering
on the road to decapitate Joss Stone

has crashed the car, has ruined
the plot to decapitate Joss Stone

before fruition. Police uncover
a plot to decapitate Joss Stone

detailed in a Filofax in the glove box.
The judge has never heard of Joss Stone.

 

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Paternoster

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Romanesco

Darling………….why is there
a Romanesco in the fruitbowl
(Smiling like Saturday all
the while turning
…………..my gizzards
You know / how I feel
about cryptids in the kitchen
& eadem mutata resurgo
Darling………….this thing is
…………arranged of itself
…………in hideous montage
fuels rather my terror of
ETERNAL RECURRENCE
so amor fati in nest
which You have built it
is wonder it has not laid
……………………..Eggs.
Darling…………why are there
Eggs in the fruitbowl –
……………………the thing is
trying to perpetuate itself
in Iterated Function Systems
& Eggs & I worry
that You would let it. I should
………CHOP OFF its head
………were it not already
………just curd head
……..wrong drugs face \
muddy bottom.
…………………….Darling the thing is
quite prepared to savage
the children and do We
sanction UNORTHODOX cultivars
…………at………their age
……………………^
…………under our roof………………….
Darling ……….the Romanesco
………..is singing fractal scales
like a lobster in the pot

 

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In Flight Two Birds

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Potpourri

Eccentric device, frigid unmixture
of hips, shavings and late blooms
remaining items by spooky hygiene,
that anyone might take you home
in a wooden bowl or else hung
in a sheer sachet, obscene tea bag
of the ambience, atrophied vibes.
Modern confusion of scents had
from your orris root fixative
is your abscission from age
or season, a germless bud
in the florid half-life of foliage.