Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

break another biro

Talking of which, here’s a poem about how it feels (sometimes) to try to write a poem.

Break another biro

Into the dread of your disordered table
bend your head, and weep for what you heard.
Stretch your bones until the skin is paper.
Pull out your penknife; cut the wretched word.

Horror of the vacuum makes enemies of pages.
All across the table top the stutterings spread.
Chicken scratch letterings scrabble for attention.
The length of your forearm the tracks run red.

Outside your window indifference is waiting.
Under the doorframe sits nothing much.
Lines in the half light are tumbling into paragraphs.
Break another biro, and scribble up your guts.

copyright 2011 Richard Warren


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