as the news anchor tells us it is time, we can think of nothing better to do than to watch deep impact
the sky drops to an awful stillborn pink tia leone refuses a seat on the last helicopter a man burns alive in front of his daughter elijah woods winds through traffic on his bike we are thrown across the living room
morgan freeman asks us to remember the fallen
there is a redness. aching. birth. endcredits.
i am turning to you as the softer parts of me blend with the wallpaper i am turning to you as we clot in each other’s throats
Stuart Buck is a BOTN/BIFFY50/Pushcart Prize nominated poet and artist living in North Wales. His second book ‘Become Something Frail’ was released to critical acclaim on Selcouth Station Press in 2019. When he is not writing or reading poetry, he likes to cook, juggle and listen to music. He suffers terribly from tsundoku – the art of buying copious amounts of books that he will never read.
where morning light highlights dark brown dining table
And varnished coffee table both polished
with Pledge until you see yourself. Later
chemo will make her petite fingers fat,
Fur Elise break into fragments as disease progresses
and piano sold as her hands come to rest.
A Black Bead
I was given in Fifties by an Indian guru
in Madras with advice “Keep this
and you’ll be alright.” Correctly guessed
I had two girlfriends.
Eighty one now with asbestosis
a cough that hacks
at his body more each time we meet.
-You’re so thin dad?
-He said I’d be dead at eighty two.
-Where is it?
-I can’t find it.
-I’d best start preparing now.
-It’s a joke,
he says and spits
into his half full spitbag.
I find the blue paper
he wrote the prophecy on
the year I was conceived,
and take a photo of it with my mobile.
I give it to him
in the hope he’ll notice
it says he’ll die at 84.
He died at 83.
BIO: Paul Brookes is a shop asst. His chapbooks include The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Port Of Souls (Alien Buddha Press, 2018),Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018)
Forthcoming Stubborn Sod, (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), As Folk Over Yonder ( Afterworld Books, 2019). He edits The Wombwell Rainbow Interviews