old skool a siege a siege for your lippy


personal surveillance secures an up dish bargain
in hinged flagrancy—pan authority tragedy

can we touch the sunk—the septic mass tarpaulin
which was skin once—pisstight finger candy

but wok tank wars fucked the empty
of liable oils and wankel christmas stalls

on the street—tit lad for a narrow pantry
split to the non non-balls


quality gratings rams a butch wink into that
tender the Reebok dial of out-Rachmaninoff

for count them ringworn organ fat
fat as a pheromone in the far news has gave off

still live like this—breast on the levy
a groom for uneased bouquet routes

and inverted argh all the confetti
spine elastic openings for the bi brutes

mountain safety runs a booze pub for ex-planet Toto
orbital mixtaped in the milky stir

in which this cuntbless mouths potato
countryways cute—as it ends out in er

but shot in the gob space—as a beat son
I’d wrap him in no nans land

loving this crack we detread on
is true reporter—war biro—Dick Trepanned





the crash

the stranger, I, weaves along,
the coconut tree in his, my
fear not place, place
of no regret
for the roost of the tree crab

the tree crab, I, drops down
all a turning parliament
of vicious not wicked intent
I hear the craws my ears spill
with bright, dripping caws

his, my, radio earhole caked
and the sand combed over this
a convertible car was turned
both ways, the fearless stranger
he was moved to brushing

so he, I, say this apart
the clews both unstuck
first made as long and as ship
shaped, bend of the day
where had been a crash

but he pressed my hand, I
sad by the curve of the natural
scene, red-eyed with groynes
with reef a morning light
blessed he, ran through me





[Ian Cartland was born in Derbyshire and lives in Cambridge, where he helps out a bit at poetry events. His work has been included in magazines and anthologies such as Poetry London, 3:AM Magazine, Poems in Which, Best British Poetry and, in literary critical form, Prac Crit.]

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