-ity Fair (NaPoWriMo #28)

Jack says that you’re weird not because you’re weird but because his undecorated flat is a forgotten empire and his family were company-erased before he got here and his last mirror rusted then mould and he couldn’t bleach it or scrape so put it in the shed and when he over-hears you message leaving he recognises a trait, his or Jones’, which is what he calls the people he knew, that he forgets or was made to, that swim between Tom Hanks films, red velvet cake and Jupiter at 4.55am when no-one’s asleep, not even next door, when the Night Nurse lull lurches like vertical drop rollercoasters or falling from a tree accidentally or when Brad left Jen for Angelina Jolie and every year since the untrue article about them getting back, un-divorcing, is a promise, is your mantra, is a prayer, and you give up god, but not that.



Proverbs 9:9 (NaPoWriMo #27)

Does every man instruct you? Press hard to gauge the fibre count?
Offer re-stitch
and spin dry?
If George, Jerry, Jim
chinese burned
spat, hot-iron flat-
tened you
would you stress yes
or rehearse staple comebacks
to fly sockets?
Would you rule out
meander mulch
every article offal
Escher enzyme insides out
melon scoop
or Botox bleed under?

without you

Re·kin·dling (NaPoWriMo #25)

Who highlights hair under house arrest?
Willingly I enchilada owned you
Let each lip buoy like dead fish
Joke-creased shirts
Washed with apple soda
And eyelids were sleep mix
99p for a lb
I sold your parts for immunity
sweet and sour sauce sachet
and cinema tickets
Don’t regret it
It’s pending on create-a-résumé
I won’t know the job loss
no review life when dead
just loops of walk-out films
with Angelina in
before she was famous

love for you

Secure Line (NaPoWriMo #23)

Date with glass screen unlike hip dip stretch mark toe thickness stagnate since and 18 years rug burn underarm detergent stains on dark tops trousers.

Biology no tell second skin cocoon shed sick coming come and 18 years bus route apply I apply rejections read acceptances similar same words in.

I am a smuge-cicle smudge circle the telephone terrorist and 18 the even people in call centre question intentions when usual they ring ring ring.

secure line

Antiphon (NaPoWriMo #22)

Forget rehearsal practice audition
I am lyric ready

You are established
like a previously owned company
granted freedom and consequently
a flag change
leadership shift
currency invention

Equivalent to a dollar
I spend you quicker than travellers’ cheques
travel money cards
double digit notes
M and S gift vouchers

I’ve got the coin change
which only means there’s more of you
crunching in my fists like sea stones
or blending ice
finely chopped
to thick liquid
ready to slurp
or nerve suck straight to brain freeze

This is your anthem


Ne-ever (NaPoWriMo #21)

This is chance 50.
Content with mistakes
fat like car seat cushions
49 of them
vying for principality
in memoirs
ghost or auto.
You’d happily bar
Tammy, Peter, Paul
Kit and Kem and Kimmy.
Free publicity’s pity
and you don’t.
Not even Don or Dave
Ted or Tim.
This is 50
like a last shot
post plastic surgery
right before your implants flip
like propellers.


Can’t Always Get What You Thousand (NaPoWriMo #19)

Wife is like no
don’t wanna go tonight now
though party planned it.
President like
can’t always get what you
want, dear
get what you always.

Tonight is like
daytime TV
since mistress cut
your phone from ring.
Wife Jeremy Kyle
wax ears, ear buds
tissue stuff drum damage
least of problems.

Once, you’d join
something for you
learn to take care of the pocket gap
where liver used to be.
But tonight wife
is right
tonight wife says no
but you go, anyway
because she cottage cheese
sell-by date 2006
astrology predictions
Matt LeBlanc beg
holding all the vibrators