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From ‘Cuts From a Nerve Diary’

X – Out in Town Randomly

out in town randomly
default setting

my desire wave or matter
fogged to me

my condition is multi-factorial
my ordering is beyond me
(an approximate value)
server sieve 2.2 from way out

I connect with services forward
I am unblocked cookies
I am groomed

gusts in the guts of the ‘geist

modem bleed / cyber sanies

I am cashflow
a political and technological assumption

I am short circuits in my repugnance wiring

a different kind of climax

XIII – Metro Quays Brimston Rigmarole

Asleep in a hedge and bitten by a rat,
I woke with a single eye all light, no darkness,
in which dusk and sunset bled and bruised
like home-made tattoos of the judgement.
And I rose and walked under booming, pacing clouds
through neon groves and sodium orchards loud
with the utter cracking of credit.

And the brisk, fine finicking people
in the city of unseemly carriage,
of skipping, leaping, dancing,
of billboards all shouting the same writ
‘It’s the only way to get there’,
they paid the metal rotting in their pockets no mind
skipping in and out of
The Unique Development Opportunity Arms
tempting punters with 2-for-1 topless wattle-daubing

And I cried is there none can hear truth singing variance


[David Kennedy's recent publications include Elegy (Routledge New Critical Idiom, 2007) and The Devil's Bookshop (Salt, 2007). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. His usefulness is endless.]

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