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Charlie Preston

Updated: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:53 pm

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Writing for survival.


Her Habitat A clean, cream carpet, Glittering glass: a squeaky carapace. Grand, old, oak bookcase, Slide in spines. Covers carefully confined - Embraced between the dust-free shelves. Enshrined. Polish the coffee table to a gloss, With wax from bees – cold cream for deceased trees. The toilet protrudes from plaster like a Porcelain-capped tooth. My pearly bath, each nacreous tile agleam, And shower pod: a pristine, plastic dream. Such taps! Platinum sculptures, Which rupture The shining, sacred sepulchre of sink: My marvellously marbled monolith. I cup my hands to drink. Reflections: the twinkling of insect eyes, Tiny twitches – like the dying limbs of flies. But round the wooden ridge of window frame, Seen through the lens of glazed, pellucid pane, There cluster lace-edged knots of spider seeds – Skeins stuffed with squirling, squirming, thronging beads: Silk sacks of legs and throbbing abdomens. A vision: vestal virgin-bottled bleach, Between the sponges, cans and sprays I reach. Candyfloss cocoons, festering festoons, Slashed at by searing, slicing, squirting spears. The atomised elixir saturates. Finally, furious and nauseous, A big one breaks out, She, sopping, writhing, stabbing at the air, Flails fitfully and spirals from her lair. Fast fading – and her babies all at rest – The chill, grave thought: How fragile is a nest?

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Big Sal

Sun 27th May 2018 04:21

Your sample "Ode to a Bigot" really resonated strongly. Very well written lines you have here. Well done from 2018!?

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Simon Marks

Tue 4th Jun 2013 00:14

Zeitgeist Heist is genius. How the hell did you manage to get THAT volcano name into a poem? And a Raoul Moat reference too. As someone who grew up in the very street he did his killing, can relate to that and so much in that poem.

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pauline sewards

Mon 8th Apr 2013 09:07

Really enjoyed these poems, love the use of full and slant rhyme and the word play and diverse imagery. Do you perform these poems?
I especially enjoyed Her Habitat as it turns dark with the minute description of the spider's habitat.
Thanks for posting, I will be reading them again

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Pete Slater

Fri 5th Apr 2013 13:12

Hi Charlie.
Thanks for taking the trouble to read my offering. A chord is struck huh? Must be doing something right. Ha. ha. The amounts of money being bandied about now for houses is boggling my mind. A two up two down terraced a BARGAIN at £100,000? If all you need is £25,000 for a deposit surely you only need dip into your back pocket for any loose change. What planet do these people live on? Glad you enjoyed it nevertheless.

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 5th Apr 2013 11:02

hi Charlie
thanbks for commenting on 'jigsaw' I appreciate it. Don't know whether I'm being too clever for my own good on this one - but it isn't literal ;-0 although I'm happy for it to be taken literally or otherwise as long as folk like it

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Lynn Dye

Tue 28th Aug 2012 21:42

Hi Charlie, welcome to WOL, and thank you so much for your kind comments on my work. I have enjoyed reading your profile and poems and am very much impressed. Especially like "Zeitgeist Heist", and so agree with sentiments of "The Ideal Job".

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Tue 28th Aug 2012 00:33

Thank you for cheering me up. I'm on a downer with my poetry of late. Haven't written anything substantial in ages. Perhaps I should tackle another STD :) On that note - I'm off to bed lol - night night x

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Tue 28th Aug 2012 00:28

PS Welcome to WOL! I have read one of yours recently in blogs. Didn't comment cos I'm a bit 'comment weary' of late - I go through spells like that. I did enjoy it though and will return to read again.

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Tue 28th Aug 2012 00:23

Thank you Charlie - I think it's a poem for the ladies. For some reason it never goes down well with a male audience ;)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 24th Aug 2012 16:57

Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

Looking forward to reading much more of your stuff

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Laura Taylor

Thu 23rd Aug 2012 10:03

Why thank you ma'am :)

Yeh, that bloody Warning poem pisses me right off ha.

Oh, one lil handy hint of the day - if you're replying to someone on here, put it on THEIR profile, then they get an email notification and will know about it :)

Enjoy WOL :)

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Charlie Preston

Wed 22nd Aug 2012 16:23

Cheers Laura. That really means a lot.

I'm a fan of your poetry too. Feisty!

I love 'On Not Wearing Purple'. My mum's always quoting 'Warning' at me. It does my head in, so this was a refreshing change.

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Laura Taylor

Wed 22nd Aug 2012 14:27

Gotta say - that's one of the most funny and interesting profiles on here :D Welcome to WOL :)

Loved Her Habitat :) That's a great line:

With wax from bees – cold cream for deceased trees.

I'll never be able to think about polish again without this in my head :D (erm, not that I ever even use it, let alone buy it!)

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