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Skips & Charms against Recession

white persimmon
pianissimo
without permission

~~

‘on our which modernity depends’
and if whether yours or mine it merits
any more than a word defends
or any other language inherits

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After falling asleep reading Defoe:

He said, he wou’d send a Man
with ev’ry Poursuivance of Squeeze and Snout;
and, where we now doubted,
we wou’d find ourselves doubled.

~~

This says what I think it
or does it mean that nature aborts
‘an errant operational culture’?
If you listen carefully
you’ll hear the cadence of codenames
erupt in such a caustic acoustic
you’ll wish you
could forget you’d been warned.

~~

A shifter such as ‘Britain’
in Spicer’s Holy Grail;
in Morganwg’s Triads;
in a speech by a Scottish PM.

~~

Intention – Retrospect – Judgment –
‘yesterday when urgent desire
threatened to eclipse them’.
The author’s other works include
Newts & Nymphs: Essays on a Private Pond.
He is said to have said
‘There’s a receipt for everything
and everything in its receipt’
is the 21st century’s true motto.
~~

One whom One whom One
a Slight yoyo
* OPEN HERE.
The language
landscape of parenthesis watching
(a version of Pastoral)
(a shifter such as ‘Britain’
when Demetrius
by order of the emperor
as Plutarch tells us
made the voyage
thunder & lightning
the locals said a daemon
of great power was departing)

~~

Apostrophes make no apology.
Despite the initial resemblance
between the Anglican Church
and Agatha Christie
fate can be denied.
Shelley’s bubbles burst
on Watts’ ever-rolling stream
and Heraclitus weeps.
There’s still dormant respect
in a morbid aspect.
The author’s other works include
Morticians & their Mortification:
The Imaginary Conversations
of Lucian, Landor & Beddoes.

~~

‘she is Rimbaud’
‘a bit less and the rest or a similar’
‘That journey was a thousand years ago’.
What would we say
if someone went to Poundstretcher
looking for the key to the Modernist code?
And if he found it? Should we send him
or her to a convent or convention?

~~

Re logoclasody
Dear Gregory
the Logos is certainly
an ordering principle.
Your message
came with the message
ODC
CCR / LVS / HVS
DOC / NDOC
ORIGIN
PORT CODE
1009

~~

Never did a nerve
have such an ending
as in the quest for the Sangraal
where as so often in the wordland
inaction is the key.
Some days Parson Hawker
couldn’t tell a copse
from a corpse
even though
considered as timber
woods are if not misprinted
deeply verbatim.

~~

          one
        restless spectre
      shamefully
faltering
              made of
              extremity
                        until it was
                             destroyed
              by a heart quake

~~

WELCOME TO HEELEY –
LANCELOT WORKS –
ANCIENT WISDOM
RIGHT UNDER ARCH.
Ho! for the Sangraal! –
Sir Galahad drives on.
At Recycling
‘Leave it there, pal’
quoth Sir Tristram.

~~

It wasn’t as things turned out
a beetle in his matchbox
but his indisputable real world
which on the day of publication
changed beyond recognition.
And it wasn’t what he once
mistakenly called ‘feathered water’.
Nor were all the guilty
innocent in any common sense
if there is one. These lines
confuse three people but weren’t
they all confused from the start?
The reader is advised not to try
to name them. Dear reader, relax.

~~

[Insert a portrait of the poet
in pastoral pinstripe. Remember
that a forthcoming article remarks
he is ‘nearing sixty’. Are those
laughter lines heroic couplets?
How many times has he
stepped in the same river?
Write his obit and say
in less than 500 words
why he thought that way.]

~~

I looked over yonder
& what did I see
but what I’d been told
all the white knights
in the island of Britain
2008
searching bad debt
for a quid pro quo
pianissimp
passim
permissi
anissimo
particularly
silent corrections.
The distance
I thought
it doesn’t

~~

The author’s other works
are too numerous and scarce
to be listed here
but he sometimes remarked that
hum when erased leaves an
as well as bling and bled
not to mention ility and iliation.
He also often wondered what
R had done
to be heaped with rocks
refuse rubbish ravage ruins
& Resurrection.

~~

it’s not as if meaning means
the imaginary something
something like ‘menagerie’
a hinge of exchange or henge
that hangs in the air and the air
as if obliged hangs itself



[Alan Halsey's Lives of the Poets was recently published by Five Seasons; Term as in Aftermath: Poems 2005-8, is forthcoming from Ahadada. Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005) and Not Everything Remotely (Salt 2006) are gatherings of earlier work. He is currently editing the collected earlier poems of Bill Griffiths for publication in 2010. He lives in Sheffield.]

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