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“The primulas had meant no harm”— Edith Sitwell

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Note on text: “Mandyland”: Peter Mandelson is the M.P for Hartlepool where the ships docked. He is affectionately know as Mandy but less affectionately know as the chief architect behind Tony Blair's New Labour government.

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Contributor Notes

Geraldine Monk
Geraldine Monk


Two sections from Shed

500 tonnes equals
bio-hazard sludge-upping
North Sea gizzard
casting
wholesides
of our Isles
darker
than
shark-shadow
deadlier
smelling-out
night-scented
stocks
l  i  s  t  i  g  l  i  s  t  i  n  g
arthritic
ghost ships
denser that
woder
          water
                    watter
non-solvable
mercy-upon
lead
mercury
chromium
cadmium
asbestos
spumed peelings
painted throats

heading for Mandyland.

Shut that door!


~


Perspex is not the
incomparable sashay of bombé glass

Do not stay still in front of her curves

The diamond slasht
                              light
trussed at angles
               coming at you
at all ways
               side-jaw'd
in a shudder of
                    absinthe
a twist of
                    eau-de-nil
and f-fake prophesy

Do not stay still in front of her curves

promenade the
long room of
Haddon Hall—
do it with hands on hips—
gavotte it! ~!~~!~time

travel

the 21st century is ill
at ease
the Euphrates
in conflict
runs out of sorts
thinning to
thinner than
lavender water and
f-fake prophecy