Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Innovative Poetry By Clive Gresswell

Clive Gresswell is an innovative poet working from Luton in Bedfordshire, England. He used to be a journalist but he doesn't do that anymore having gone to university after being made redundant to follow his creative writing and poetry. He is a regular member of a group of poets who meet monthly in London known as Writers Forum (New Series) and is also proud to be a friend of Victor Clevenger.

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ignite imperfections of lines in collapsed                                city of music
& where corpses sang the dead-pan (OK then) chorus
hobnailed defective meanings –
we half-expected you he said compliant with/radio
of course he was asked to leave
thrown against the hearse                                                               slumped drunk into a taxi
or it could have equally been
a completely different morning
no-one gives a shit apart from death-ray sparrows
kenneth goldsmith as pure concept
& birds torn
society is drowning in ever-increasing nouns may or may not be a thing
bricked up flats
was his being ever established apart from the slight lisp
& the remnants of his ear
bloody & gouged us risky fellows
licking at burning language

he told me black was your colour
but the day after  newspapers wrote ‘black is not a colour.’
my tongue gargled paint –spiting venom – ah  godhead fountains again

he unfurls his = unfamiliar
tense & retrograde slim-volumes
drew                                                                          +++  yesterday’s

familiar representations
his tooth bites down on a shit society

laps of gods
launched amid his own mythology
& when they walked into this bar

an irony of secretly unemployed
festers in its absurd representations
hunger & thirst: the vowels

howling dark winds chastity
the recording loops

his trail of shit
crawls across
piano keys

death disquiet
temper heads raised/conquest
he leaves the room tip-toes
on gorillas

lines on his face echo
a disturbing
monograph culled

inside dreams
continue revolting instruments
the eurovision


+ song contest
bland appetite for
flailing words

a paper bag of jarring rhythms
flesh the bleed-shot ear
outside this hotel

motorways dissect

that’s reality of urban landscapes
for you
a kind of truth in this vile dust

in the vestibule

he tremors in sunshine
walks with a plastic limp
rays of rain/shards glass

temptress’s tall buildings
squat across muddy maps
enticing bodily fluid


poster-paint iniquity +  load his gun
= streamlines his outrage

it’s a knitting pattern
pearl one, stitch 2,

In the buttercup field is it true they pull out your eyes……..

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