Poetry Blog by Max Wallis
Is this Modern Love?
Saturday 10th September 2011 5:31 am
This year I have a pamphlet of poetry coming out with the award winning press, Flipped Eye. It's endorsed by the T. S. Elliot prizewinner, George Szirtes.
If you would like to sign up to receive more information about the pamphlet please visit this link: http://eepurl.com/cIqjw.
Monday 21st February 2011 10:21 am
On National Poetry Day Jo Bell tasked me to write a poem about being on a train and travelling from London to Manchester and *not* being able to go to poetry events. I'd just done my first day at the Barbican and was commuting back home. This is what came out.
Across England there are homes.
In pubs and streets and library waiting
Places I could turn up, call my home
Monday 11th October 2010 9:55 am
if I close my eyes and cross my heart
... think hard enough.
If I blow the heads of dandelion fluffs:
thinks of me
thinks me not.
Close my eyes and think hard enough
of alleys where we kissed and rubbed
places we still live in memory-touch.
If I turn the light switch forty two times
for every day we spent
Sunday 10th October 2010 5:19 pm
Take my coat and hang it by the door next to others.
Rip my shirt, button by popped button, tie it around your waist.
Pick up the little black things and put them in your pocket.
Undo my belt, wrench it until the loops split, curl it up.
Slide down skinclung trousers. Fumble with my feet and socks.
Cut off my boxers. Naked, take in my scent and shy eyes.
With a razor sha...
Thursday 9th September 2010 3:41 am
What if homosexuality was the norm, not hetero-? A straight's 'coming out': Homo World,
Heterosexuality was unheard of in our town
the thing of New York, London, Manchester’s Mecca
on TV, in pamphlets
relegated to short stories
Rock Stars and Pop Stars
not everyone. Not us.
Not in our town.
Wednesday 9th June 2010 8:40 am
We send each other text messages at work.
Discuss what we’re having for lunch.
unlimited messages and pixel screens.
Two minutes after saying goodbye on dates
our phones jangle, vibrate,
‘I had a lovely time tonight :)’.
The little xx means all the more from you.
You give me less than my mum
but it’s all the different.
I look and linger at them, there
Wednesday 2nd June 2010 4:13 pm
One for performing mainly, but I think it stands up alone. Part of a series.
It’s Pokémon, pimples and boils.
Being a teenager—including the sores.
It’s Spiderman, Daredevil, Rudolph and GORE
the colour of darkness when your head hits the floor.
ell-ee-dees and infra-red receptors on TVs.
It’s blame and physics watching stars burn
it’s the colour of c...
Tuesday 1st June 2010 2:15 pm
Sometimes, even now,
I look at pictures of you.
See what you’re doing,
smile when you’re mentioned;
I laugh at your jokes, in my head,
even when I remember tears, too.
All of this is bad, I know.
just when love became memory.
Sunday 16th May 2010 5:11 pm
For the signatures on his body he thanked me
signed in saliva, scribbled in stick;
names covered every stamp of flesh.
Our love was sweetness, spring and sprung
two wholes sealed inside one heart:
strong as death, weak as life, we clung.
Then one day dawnsong mocked me
love became sour, shrill and slacking;
the emptying smile on a blank faced fool.
Now I si...
Sunday 16th May 2010 5:11 pm
I’m not sure when we began to be together
I mean, neither asked the other
it just sort of … happened
like when you look out
in the evening and it’s morning, thinking:
Where did the night go?
I’m glad for it. It’s better.
Two lifelines running together
merging, spilling, seamless
two trees growing
twined and intertwined.
What will our leaves loo...
Monday 10th May 2010 6:58 am
If anyone's interested in knowing who I am etc. here's a video recital.
Sunday 9th May 2010 6:09 pm
By the colour of death I know him well
blue like the depth of winter; cold
as if in his eyes he captures that unforgiving light
of fluorescent bulbs, harsh above bodies in an autopsy room
or swimming bath changing rooms
highlighting every dimple, dent, scar of a mark of your body.
You see his paintings in those who mourn:
a deep violet or mauve, verging on black.
The sort of...
Thursday 6th May 2010 4:09 am
I could reminisce about the sibilance in your uncertain sounds
the fricatives of your ‘fucks’, the vowels in your moans.
Could dot-to-dot the consonants that construct your
harsh-angry-hate and make of them a petal, bloomed.
Could take the condemnations, the indignations
and dissolve them into sheer potential o...
Friday 30th April 2010 10:11 am
I'm putting together a chapbook to start selling, as 1) I'm very poor and 2) I have so much work that I should probably start trying to get it out there.
Would anyone be interested? We're looking at about 40 poems/pages.
Sunday 25th April 2010 1:55 am
Together, in perfect measure
sinewed trees flailing,
we were willows.
Out of love, in love,
lip stained saliva scars
glowed in heat.
Two, a duet
we sang our song.
Hands pressed the keys
of your ribs,
slight bite of nail
an entire orchestra.
Together, in perfect measure
we made a heroic couplet.
Saturday 24th April 2010 3:42 pm
You kiss me
button pants leave
my tongue still tastes of yours.
Blue/red bus pulls up beside us
fifteen idle passengers in a metal demon
peeping out from behind their boredom.
We breathe out fog, together. Dragons.
Put my hand on your shoulder
lean in, smiling
exchange my heart
through my mouth.
Who could ever
Friday 23rd April 2010 8:15 pm
We christen every room with impressions
the curve of our backs, the stick of saliva dabbing our necks;
Da Vinci’s got nothing on the way we paint with our hands
the picture of love. (I didn’t just say that word.)
We exchange and engage in senses that don’t even exist,
not just touch and taste, smell, feel, sight, but deeper than that.
I know the angles of bisection that make you l...
Friday 16th April 2010 2:14 am
- this probably isn't in the collection, it's written to the parallel universe version of myself - the person who didn't write, who didn't invest the time and devotion into the craft and instead lived an arguably 'normal' teenage life-
I might seem like I have a hold on life
that my clothes look nice, that I act alright
back up straight looking great, that I’m no bait
Wednesday 14th April 2010 2:26 am
[August, this is the fourth or fifth poem. I wrote this in 2008 and edited it today/reworked it.]
I want kisses that mean something
hugs that tickle the inside skin
I want dreams that come real the next day
memories that last and never fade.
I want songs written about me
be told that I can be, and be free.
I want late-night secrets and warm,
Tuesday 13th April 2010 11:04 pm
[March/April time in the series, after the characters break up.]
Under a fold of clouds
you tear apart a part of me
hands unfold to show my heart.
Five words, five syllables,
the consonants the stuck out mocking tongue.
You’re still beautiful
when you destroy.
Smile empties into tarmac.
Collects in the gutter where ...
Monday 12th April 2010 5:52 pm
[Set in August, after they meet in ‘For Fortune’ accidentally in the street.]
Mugged tea in your hand,
coffee in mine I
brush my fingers through wet hair
rain-slacked and dripping.
Blush strokes across my cheeks.
I cannot help but look at you,
at your jaw, mouth,
You sip, and when you sip
I imagine pressing my lips
against you, with you.
I worry abou...
Saturday 10th April 2010 6:25 pm
Everywhere I see you
this wine glass, your lips
the spittle-sip, your kiss.
I can hear you breathing
when the wind sighs.
When I turn off the lights
you are here, beside me
with your arms around my waist.
I cannot sleep.
Hands lingered on these bannisters
in the dawn
there splayed an angel on ...
Saturday 10th April 2010 2:32 pm
We met again, in the rain this time
on bikes, in a road
with my tongue knotting, hands shaking,
the bird in my mouth, fluttering—
my knees were weak
fell off to the pavement
the bike wrapped around me like an exhausted
rain pooled in my clenched lids.
Friday 9th April 2010 6:05 pm
I see your name in contrails in the sky
in the pattern of lines on my hands.
In friends eyes I see your eyes
glassed and sad.
I feel your lips in strangers lips
in gaps between utterances I can sense them.
In the shadows of nolight I hear your footsteps
irregular and dancing.
I see your face in the branches of trees
in the gravel and dirt and leaves.
In words I focus on the...
Friday 9th April 2010 3:47 pm
I've almost finished writing the poetry collection. This needs refining but the introduction will be something along the lines of this:
'The following collection is one of love. Each poem can be read on its own but together they tell the story of a year long relationship between two lovers, through their lust, their heartache, their love and their turmoil. It is not my own tale.'
This poem ...
Wednesday 7th April 2010 4:31 pm
Wednesday 7th April 2010 11:21 am
Boxers round ankles, making murmurs I held you. Kissed you.
A radiator clung to, I heated the bed.
You grabbed my thighs. Eyes undressed me though I was bare.
A smile upturned my mouth.
I memorised every angle, shadow of your face.
Washed my mind of everything except how you’re made.
My finger followed the bones down and lingered there.
Hand in hair you leant to me eyes close...
Wednesday 7th April 2010 12:16 am
I will not ask your name
in case it becomes my new lullaby
turned over and over again.
I will not kiss you first
in case pecked it remains with me
a silent signature of your lips.
I will not dance with you
in case the drink blurs your face into my dreams,
watching between Love and Like.
I will not tell you my hopes
in case you fall for those
Sunday 4th April 2010 12:03 pm
For My Unloved
I will not write you a poem, for it is likely that you do not read.
I will not perform a song for you, for I cannot sing
or bring myself to learn these things.
my voice is that of a washing machine gurgling.
Let it be known!
I will not crush the stars into lanterns to light your darkness
don’t be stupid.
Nor will I mak...
Friday 2nd April 2010 10:48 am
For the Notion of Emotion of Three in a Bed
Audio: click here
‘Who’s to lose when there are three in a bed?’ they said; ‘sheets a mess,
two plus you, who can fail with that much male! six hands, three cocks
doesn’t that make a better fuck?’
I guess—perhaps maybe possibly but isn’t one gonna be the guy
who has to sit aside and watch instead? out of the fun, outdone, alone
Friday 2nd April 2010 10:41 am
The For Series
shackled, chain, body maimed,
unmendable labels gained
paranoid, no android:
illogical, fleeting, hearts-weeping,
To think of this
to think of this
Wednesday 31st March 2010 7:24 am
There are so many people with their dicks out on the net
I don’t want to watch a man wank off on Chatroulette
or see you sell your wares on interweb gaylairs, cock out
arse up, backwards lean, angles gleam’d to make you look
good. No, thanks, I will not ‘post my cock pix pls’.
At least in a way there’s dignity in porn you see
for some might say at...
Tuesday 30th March 2010 2:40 am