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Stevie Turner

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The Absinthe Poet in tolerant, welcoming European Manchester.


Part 1: Insurgents Peace interrupted by the sound of cats growling, an unequal, primeval standoff between the feline strings of society and a terrified mouse, once King but now insurgent in the communities formed on its land Face frozen with fear, I smuggled it in my coat across tribal carpets; cat soldiers prodded the floor, and eyes like the illuminated reticle of a military gun prowled the skirting boards. The heart of mouse beat furiously as we crossed checkpoints towards infiltration routes and sanctuary In the fields of plenty it told tales to grand-mice, of how it took on its imperial masters one by one, and won, how it twitched alternate cheeks and cast its spell on cat dolls, fixed, on a head inflated by an overwhelming mission, a wide grin and decaying teeth and gums The cats skulked in their chambers sledge-hammers plotting revenge. One hundred thousand would die.

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Neil West

Wed 1st Jul 2009 22:11

Hi Stevie, I read 'Our Dead Are Better Than Your Dead' and thought it was great, I thought it shared a lot of the style and sentiment of my own work, please have a look at 'The Mask of Unity' if you find the time, I would appreciate your thoughts. Am I reading too much into this or is there a nod towards Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori about your poem. I'm a great fan of Shelley so my poem is clearly a thinly veiled update of the sentiments expressed in 'The Mask of Anarchy'...

'And the little children, who
Round his feet played to and fro,
Thinking every tear a gem,
Had their brains knocked out by them'

a poem of particular significance for any student of history, of working class origin and living in the Greater Manchester area, and was originally written around the time of UN actions in Bosnia, Serbia, etc... but hasn't lost its relevance in more recent conflicts. To your credit though, I think your writing is more brave than mine.

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