My name's Ben Willems I'm a Manchester based poet. I have been doing poetry for about 10 years since I've been in the North, also studied at MMU. I like playing with language and ideas, specially when there's a political agenda involved. I have read at events like Write out loud Sale, Platform 1, Stirred and Lead and Manky Poets
12 OLYMPUS MOUNT Summer side Chiltern edge sleepy suburb privet hedge trampoline garden track hanging basket judo mat new Greco- Roman porch five ring doorbell lobby horse loft paddock downstairs pool en suite yngling good local fencing schools bed springboard vaultage space planning hurdle constant ten foot chimney flame hand over sponsors drop baton proposed pond regatta scrapped aquatic outhouse flattened velodrome - bike to let javelins - repossessed V.I.P.’s - piled in the shed all weather hockey rug – torn up synchronized door hammer bailiffs snatch wall tannoy somersault hall hazard rifle international media knick-knacks clear breakfast bar of record medal stash last diving judge evicted last moth-eaten flag stone-throwing ceremony Splash! falls the last anthem-wrenched teardrop SUPER FAST THATCHER BIO METRO EXTRA PLUS Grantham dad shopkeeper did well school Oxford husband rich colonial later drunkard – two kids Mr Whippy ice cream inventor Tory Party got seat Finchley Edward Heath made education milk snatcher opportune leader Oil spike 3 day week Winter of nation knees harmony discord harmony discord Brixton Toxteth no such thing as s-word c-word proletariat you turn if you want to free world Falklands mother of a thousand dead. Pinochet, Reagan every prime minister needs an Everett Archer nick nick Jim Davidson Mike Yarwood Wapping miners North Sea Militant Buzby if you see Sid Greenham battle of the beanfield City Big Bang yuppiedom Brighton bomb Last one turn out 3 time winner North South poll tax Scotland Europe personally liable cheerio perestroika Baroness cameo conference blessing veto after dinner ill health gaga dead yet? Yes. Ding Dong witch song very disrespectful admirers like Blair ceremonial fanfare funeral – how much? Iron Lady rust in peace
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