Matt Nicholson is a poet from East Yorkshire. He has a poetry book coming out in Oct 2016 and he is available to perform, Twitter @MattPoetHull Matt Nicholson is a fresh and exciting new voice who has made significant waves with his words, his use of imagery and his performances in the two years since he decided to share his work with just about anyone who was prepared to listen. He left Hull, the City of his birth, at the age of 8, watching from the back seat of a car as his family drove past the almost-complete Humber Bridge, heading for a new life. His head was full of excitement and hope for the promised land that waited for them down south, but he was heartbroken that he would not see his beloved Humber Bridge completed. Jumping forward over 30 years, he has returned, crossing that self-same iconic bridge with his wife and all their worldly possessions, to once again make a home in East Yorkshire. His poetry is sometimes dark and intense, sometimes heartfelt and funny, but always painstakingly honest; poetry that describes a man who has been There and back, if only to see how far it is.
Beneath this old sod lies another You… You were silenced by your pigeon throat, blinded by your rabbit black eyes. You were hobbled in the street, where the elders meet, and you were promised a messianic surprise. You were unable to stand while the goats bled out, too drunk to hear the mosquitoes sing their recycled hopes where the elderly cope and they pray for salvation and Spring. In your mirror hung a collage of blue, purple and red, scales of Rizla-thin skin. Papers folded, unfolded and folded again, you read Braille from a plucked chicken’s wing. Now, your life’s laid out flat like old clothes on a bed, and your dreams lowered into cold earth. But your heart is still a cocktail, made from reason and rum, and I love you for whatever that’s worth. Matt Nicholson ©2015
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