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James Butler

Updated: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 05:00 pm

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I'm a student at Winchester University but I'm from Rainhill originally. Next semester I will be studying in Japan, a lot of my favorite poets did the same.


McDonalds Sky I was stood by McDonalds the day the sky fell in. Business as usual in the town centre. Buy. Sell. Repeat. The world a watercolour of Topshop and TK Maxx fashion. The bottled tans of the young covered the pale petals of innocence. The foreign Big Issue sellers trying to outdo each other. Souls for sale. The moans of the old and the stench of dignity lost with disease. All human life is inevitably here. And. Awake. The day I stood by Mcdonalds and the sky fell in, We all fell asleep. Sonnet Yeah Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Errr no. Iʼm not so cheesy as to talk about the bloody, blooming, buds of may Or how our summers have gone away. Iʼm not going to say how perfect you are Or how nature pales in comparison. Iʼm not going to reflect on our travels Or compare our time together to heaven. You donʼt need to hear these things from me. We donʼt need words. Iʼm not going to compare thee to things I see, Nature is nature and we are we. I love you. Thatʼs it, Just you. And me.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 7th Dec 2010 10:06

It seems odd that you have targeted Mormons, when your 'points' could apply to nearly any group of any particular religious leanings, including all the varied collections under the 'Christian' umbrella. I just wonder why. Perhaps you could give details for finding your sources of alleged terrorism in Iran. I have connections with Japan. I hope you have a marvellous semester; Japan has an intriguing society with amazing people, and the country's topography is lovely.

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Sun 5th Dec 2010 18:40

James, no I don't live near the Birkenhead area, I travel from Manchester (Salford, strictly speaking). My mum lives in Greasby though and I go to the Wirral now and then to see her and also to attend the odd poetry night. If you're from round there there are quite a few poetry nights to attend - most but not all of them are on the Gig Guide on this site. Maybe I'll see you there - but did you say you were about to go abroad for a while? (If you do you can still use this site, of course...)

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Sat 4th Dec 2010 16:30

Thanks James - appreciate the comments and 'constructive feedback' which it really was - nice to see.

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Laura Taylor

Thu 25th Nov 2010 16:12

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment James. Mmmm...I wanted a clash between the harshness of that third one, and 'warm thighs' - two very different things eh?

And I thought I had put a kind of narrative into it! Hehe :D

Would you think it would be improved by more 'earthy' language, as in the third stanza?

I wanted to lift it into the ghazal requirements of pain of loss/separation and the beauty of love, and I couldn't do that whilst still using crude phrases

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Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:56

Hi James, thanks for your comment on my 'Space' poem.

I see you have visited my home town of Wigan. Did you enjoy it?
You say this year you are moving to Japan - was that 2010 or in 2011?

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Chris Dawson

Tue 16th Nov 2010 13:19

Hi James,
Thank-you for reading and commenting on 'Empty Space', I appreciate it very much.
I decided to keep the punctuation as originally set, but I do appreciate the advice.

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Elaine Booth

Mon 15th Nov 2010 19:41

James, Just read your "McDonald's Sky" - I remember it from when you performed it at the Tudor in September. I liked it a lot. Glad to see more of your writing here.

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Elaine Booth

Mon 15th Nov 2010 19:39

James, thanks for your comments on "Post Past". I certainly didn't set out to be overtly feminist but very interesting view of it. I guess the veils are about being someone you are not in a relationship, especially when young and uncertain of who you are in the first place - and this applies to both parties: critic and criticised.

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Sun 14th Nov 2010 22:55

hey, cheers guys

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sun 14th Nov 2010 22:50

Hi James, secondary welcome,and just in time on my behalf-for which I am grateful(re Teaser)-Stef Wilde.

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Sun 14th Nov 2010 19:00

Hi James, Welcome to WOL. Good to see you on here. Winston

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