May – Ira Lightman

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Photographs by Jane Burn

 

 

Buying a 2nd copy and actually reading it

Attention by flattery slatterns
impressing on puppies like dummies
their mummies commanded from nappies

was sleepily bibbing the bottom
bass messy and splattering missives
and missals and missiles amassed in

emission expressing with ballast
its fannish allegiance asserting
by chassis and carcass each doyenne

each ennead worshipped to passing
and Twitter, says Kenny, accomplished
a passion beginning the nulling

of filler by hitting and cutting
and sunned untilled the terrain is
unbrilliant, weedy and buttressed.

Destressing? Oppression has quarries
degree-set to pressure-cook, coddle
and simmer and sizzle and seething’s

distressing but shopping is soothing
redeeming some dollars for offprints
my stepparent wheezed to proffer

a gross anniversary offering
I passed on forgotten and bottled
till, blessed the occurrence, was ditto

between the millenia surrounding
possessed at a bookshop. O twinning
addition! I finally looked through.

Assumptions like tweets though succinct are
not roomy and focused attention’s
no tyranny. Worried? Who’s settled?

 

 

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MEET THE PARENT

I offer you my dad.
See him go on
at ninety one.
Can’t be bad

longevity
by power of will
where bicycle
is key.

His shinskin’s flat.
His legs are
muscular.
Who can’t do that?

He sheets your bed
with grunt and vim,
self-strong. For him
need alone is dead.

Food slips his lip.
He buggers forth.
Brain is north
though south can trip

and he can fall.
My descents
influence
I’m vulnerable

and not like him,
trying not.
What has got
a bit like him

claws on mat
in pedigree of
gambit, love?
Who can see that?

 

 

 

 

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LIVERPOOL

1.

Seagulls judder
in the audio,
traffic pans
too high, slider

seagulls prolong
joke as if joking
hear-hearing the speaker
cross-party creatures

the parliament
of wake up
me in
Liverpool

2.

on the train
here
gathers tickets
and litters

unblocks the
toilet and
tannoys it
stereotype

warm Jack
ie of
all jobs
alright?

3.

I assess
and wash
in
the dock

city, home
nowhere
except
flipping Britain

inside
out from
its seeming
joins

4.

a Quaker
meeting
of
comedy

default of
bray craves
another
jolly

gee
mouth
air Scouse
pout

 

 

 

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CARTOON COLOUR

Ooh oh ugly
prove Fauves lovely
move hue above. See:
[loov], [lohv], [luhv].

You show Muttley
when you go rut me.
You know, uh-huh- hee.
Bloom–glow–love.

 

 

 

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INTERROGATIVE

Interview technique remains, non-sequituur,
can’t you do better than that that you’re doing there?
Punch on the radio everywhere listening
interviewees in the spotlight are answering
moralised badgering: work for your dignity,
ask for no funding. Their funds for my salary
cover my output though once there were more with me?
Lacking a radical protestant history,
justice is robbed; sanctimonious badgering,
anger at doublespeak, doesn’t mean anything.
Translate the language until it’s original
blood in the veins if it’s forced past municipal
decency batters the vessels it rushes for,
shouting at radios violent imprimatur,
under it stressing till death on retirement.
Drop-outs will diagnose paymasters dominant.