not just grief but
marks & sparks

tights what leave a mouth around your
waste. she probably opens in different ways,
a small aperture. a large glass of wine
is half a bottle.

if you snap open your peepers through the murk and static 
somewhere there on the bloody horizon lies Securitas. 
it is a sinking city and the inhabitants grow lacy webs 
like doilies between their toes. the walls are cakes: 
it is a place of pain.

we am bound to get fused 
like the chin and neck in an acid attack- to be one 
like a single crow on a lorry, bled together like sense, 
your duty like a dull grey throb that pulses nil.

outside are stretches of tears, cat-hair. 
long days of pouting at mr death like a milkless christ.
Men to battle on Relevant Subjects, 
the endless teachings of older women 
wrapped in disappointment like mystical roadside hags.

you travel back in and grapple with an artifact.
it is a rolling pin, yet the end is covered in human tissue.

you recall your mother reversing into a motorcyclist.
i could have fucking killed him

that queer sort of joy, 
quickening her hips into life.


Little Auk of the green corridors,
Arctic flip-flap of the undug dugout,
Alluvium piper of wetted socks
and the great spines of tyres-

sit you on Treacle Mustard,
the untiled roof of this
brokedown house,

the business eyes that coat you in flint;
Sing to them of knick-knacks,
this spear-head, done-in lake
meandered to death in wandering...

O Little Auk!
Flit you across the axe-rich earth,
so Bright High over the red hoods
of the two-wheeled men.


artlessness on a friday
and they’ve put the grit down-

no sky, no smell of fire
no fire-burned char just

blood-flat london.
a split open arm in some tug of war


Hare meets Gnome: Kenning

Sack-eared witch-zipper of the wild seas of grass
darts drunk through a crazy-paved mouth of flowers.

Small Sir: bell-hatted monkey of the beds, watches silently-
his one still eye on a single ebony breast-
the crone of clouds that spills like oil across her haunted torch.



I stepped up
towards mother pines
on the brighter moor,

I saw where five deer
more ragged than
the rose that flickered
lapped every God
to water,

I followed the river back
like each of the otters
at Ullapool did
for them and who/
whatever waited I
at the garden's edge.

The night that never
followed stood on
through fur supple eyes
they-darned in mother,

and Rannoch forest
graceful from
the kingfisher south
where we saw the night
stealing in-between

the pound-coin holidays
she brought out to hers-
the watched ones
looking for their ribs,
and those swears that saw them
the same before teatime.

I must have been
that window in my middle
because I have
no memory of them,
of the house we were then-

the years more
coloured than the trees,
fish-bone closer
than hooves.


7 and encased in the velvet catsuit purple with the white piping, on the edge
of a bridge where water slipped past like a ghostling

i was- with my little feet dangling and the roaring in my reddened ears saying
SATURDAY as dad was one-hand pushing the clouds out and mum

was home with John Player and her radio and roasting things like a cricket
rubbing her legs together and crying or whatever

so here we were on Timmy’s Lane where lovers came this essex Shangri-La
where i would give boys great head later on

and i was staring into the water which rushed under me and through the pooh stick
tunnel but all i knew was i hate this catsuit in the shape of me

so i put myself further on the rim and tipped my body off until i was falling for
miles and miles upside down like a Red Arrow with smoke which wrote

O God and my face hit the water and the waves came inside the suit and blew
me up and i heard dad say ho! and he came in the river and grabbed me

with a hand the size of that kid’s house whose dad was put in prison and i was
saved not dead and the smoke from the spinney spilled into tears and

cried me all the way home in my cocoon of skin down Crow Lane where the
crows made nests and swooped me up in caws when the sun came up

and onward still to Goblin Hill where i was made- over the sewer and lost plastic
men the graves of cats and all the nooks out back where the chickens