Nicola Beckett on d.knape
16 hours ago
Some breakfast containing every snooker ball colour -
I just had three rashers of bacon on their own!
So for the write-up nothing could be duller
though in terms of taste and texture the triune
arrangement was sublime and I lick my lips,
my mouth still replete with the salty bacon taste,
which will get washed away by taking little sips
of sweet, diuretic ...
Tuesday 13th July 2021 7:12 am
LOCKDOWN AT THE FOOT OF SEA NESS
First spring had sprung eternal, daffodils
were waving their yellow heads in the breeze,
then hot July brought cooling showers,
straw berries and gilly flowers and
soon enough Autumn was Optimus Prime,
when wasps leave fag burns in the apples,
apples with toenails in their cores. Then
the air had wistful, plaintive, melancholic,...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:23 pm
PUNK DOG VARIATIONS
MY DOG HAS LOST SOME WEIGHT,
MY DOG IS MY ONLY MATE,
HE’S GOT FIVE HANDS
AND A FURRY BUM
AND HE LIKES TO NICK PIZZA
FROM MY POOR OLD MUM,
HE ONCE HAD A CUP
OF SWEET TEA TO SUP
AND EVER SINCE THEN
HE’S NOT DONE THE WASHING UP…
MY DOG GETS IN MY BED,
MY DOG GETS IN MY HEAD,
IT’S LIKE HE REQUIRES
LONG GUIDED TOURS
Monday 12th July 2021 11:21 pm
I KNEW THAT SHE LOVED ME
I escaped last night
into a heightened dream
from a dull and longing sleep
and the stars murmured
their cool ballad
to the approaching sky.
Secrets hung like ghosts
in the corner of my wanton world
all blurred and drugged too deep
and I knew that she loved me
from her invisible motions
and the dagger in her soft reply.
The questions c...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:19 pm
For money, you cannot ignore them,
the house-pipes glugging a guilty gulp from
a big, culpable jug of the ug of drug or
smuggle or ugly truth revealed inside.
You wish to make it chime like bells,
reverberating up in the fells and strike
a warm, psychic chord, using a word-hoard
including the new dog Baxter's bark.
Monday 12th July 2021 11:18 pm
I am the dead man you killed my son.
My car took a train across the boat
over the bus through the tram and
via the telephone on the aeroplane.
I've seen wit. He's got grit. I can
beat the Germans five to one baby one
in five. Love is the hope the heart
literally needs in order for it to survive
without which it can stop. Emotional
balance is more the gift of the liver.
I can drum...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:18 pm
Voices also told me to write of the
colour purple. In Steiner homes for autists,
rational but socially inept, the corners
of the rooms are round and purple
because it's less threatening than the geometry
of rightangled corners. My room
turned out a little like that when,
as my dying father lay in the attic,
my screen bloomed a numinous purple
Monday 12th July 2021 11:17 pm
SUNSET TO THE WEST
Swimming in the Irish Sea with my mother,
watched from the stony shore by my poor, dying father,
languishing in wound-healing expiation as a
laughter of seagulls flew past in shark mask replicas,
I turned my body away from the beach towards
the peach-stone of a black-hole being slowly
sucked into the sea's watercress-hives and
drowned and saw that bo...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:16 pm
THE TRITE MACHINE
If the flower-press ending on cannabis = dialysis
and the love poem hoping to impress Flora = motor
A. E. I. O. U. to the leaves you can leave on all the
trees in the winter, vowels pure vowels, Immanuel
Kant will come to thee with immanence. I see
her face too soon on Facebook, marshmallow
lambs of snow saying sex not cheese to the camera,
Monday 12th July 2021 11:16 pm
THE NEW BEAT AT UNIVERSITY
Portability is the Apotheosis of Form
and it's not impossible to write an anti-poem
while in the new field of Instant Travel
brave telescopes are just left to unravel
and sadness gene and dreaming gland
have long gone under Gondwanaland
and all things must be returned to earth,
surrendered like a rented thing to death.
Mutation in ...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:15 pm
THAT BLACK NATURAL E
Where once I wandered far and wide
on a field-file, a file-field,
a fenceless farm without
security alarm where all hearts bleed
and all arts breed, now Hell
is very quiet, unadvertised.
feed your kids.
Gentle face erasing cream,
smear it in and let it sink
down through the pores of your skin...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:14 pm
FIVE EQUATIONS AT FIVE THIRTY IN THE MORNING
Well, permutation minus T Intention =.
Whereupon there are millions of prequels.
E + not- E. The absence of manipulation
= truth and nonsense, in the same equation.
Plus times one over two equals minus.
Semantics is a road sign not a place.
One of these is written on Ted Hughes’
primary school wa...
Monday 12th July 2021 11:13 pm
THE TREE OUTSIDE THE WINDOW
I find myself staring on a clear, bright day
at sunlight playing in the leaves of a tree.
I find myself like the man at the end of Pi
and staring longer I begin to notice the way
the wind ruffles the green leaves and so
it seems the tree is leaning back playing a guitar solo
with every light-absorbing leaf. I become
Friday 9th July 2021 8:45 am
She starts life somewhere up the foothill Sea Ness,
(originally Seer Ness after a seer and his trance),
flows down into Parsonage Farm then past
Whicham Church where mum’s ashes will be cast
and turns a corner onto our land. That’s where
she runs her hand smooth through an angel’s hair,
falls a few feet in a waterfall as she makes her way,
moneyless and h...
Friday 9th July 2021 8:42 am
RANDOM ACCESS CO-IMAGINATION
Simon says The River Goyt
might become the Styx in Heaven.
Will says Hollidot is a peaceable,
I say oceans smile with liquid
eyes and fill themselves with rain.
Dave says only the static caravan
knows a halfroad Rontaur.
James says let's have one more
crumble from dad's pollen.
Jesus sits at the right hand
of the Lo...
Friday 12th February 2021 10:41 pm
TO THE BROS IN THE DEN IN THE WOODS
I imagine now telling the bros in the den
in the woods my theory about the chain
of dark or even anti-evolution, that says
James Joyce, who also saw new creatures,
writing Ulysses is the reason why Ted
saw a monster in the river in childhood
who in turn wrote The Hawk In The Rain
which is then the reason Jim Morrison
saw winged serpents in t...
Friday 12th February 2021 10:40 pm