Daily Archives: March 23, 2017

A Bridge by Paul Brookes

I am not a silent poet

anastomosis [ah-nas″to-mo´sis] (pl. anastomo´ses) (Gr.)

It is bin day. Sound of breaking glass.

A vein.

between places,
one person and another,
you and your kids
a busy crossing between beliefs.
from wick to ash.
full to empty.

Broken, blocked, under investigation.

No link, information dammed,
Adamant your side is right,
other side apostate.
Bloodied metal sends a message,
via media bridges.

Bins must be wheeled back to their places.

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Grappa e Vino / Grappa and Wine by Terrence Sykes

I am not a silent poet

Grappa
il colore d’acqua
senza colore
non può vederlo
ma molto forte
come Fe
e Dio  – senza finito

Vino
il colore del tramonto
sangue rosso colore
di Gesù’
dei mei paesani
come guerre
oh Dio – senza finito


Grappa
the color of water
without color
unable to see it
but very strong
like faith
and God – without end

Wine
the color of the sunset
blood red color
of Jesus
of my countrymen
like war
oh God – without end

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My imagined community* by Jonathan Taylor

I am not a silent poet

is an earworm,

a half-recalled fragment

of a ‘foreign’ folk-song.

Or it’s something glimpsed

by a lone cyclist

in Malvern mists

(or deserted carpark,

or derelict Satanic mill),

never in full daylight,

never in chanting crowds

because its language comes alive

only on the lips of others

who talk in foreign cafés

of an illusion that is most itself

when not itself.

It is never found in tabloids

except in their apologies,

tiny columns on page 17

saying sorry like war poetry

for the battlefield of the past.

It breathes only in recollection,

only in Wordsworthian hindsight,

a memory of something

that was always (being) lost.

*After Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Edward Elgar, Introduction and Allegro, and George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn.

Jonathan Taylor is an author, critic, editor and lecturer. His books include the novel Melissa (Salt, 2015), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring…

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