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Dennis Tomlinson Poems
City of brick and glass -
my concrete Silkingrad has changed.
Goodbye to my parents,
and the Borough of Stevenage carries me
left into the long flat lands.
The Scots are here already.
Smoke and steam rise
behind heaps of trees.
Between the famous cities
the power station towers
stand on the flat green country.
Buzzing ticket inspectors
land on my skin.
Gentle mountains and ragged clouds
mark the beginning of wildness.
The trees are rougher too,
and the earth is still on fire.
'Have faith in God' says busy Newcastle -
but what's that cloudy brain above us
Red fire over Morpeth
where smoke stains the pale clouds;
they die out where the sea begins.
Over sunny fields of sheep and straw-rolls
you can make out Norway's grey mountains -
a picturesque scene.
The Scottish sea is deep blue,
held between dusty land and sky.
They bring forgetfulness
until the sharp-edged town
presses into my consciousness.
Into the chaos, march across the sand,
bodies of bone and metal.
The city repeats itself
for the thousandth time.
What is my goal?
A room of people, some known, some unknown,
literary vampires, cultural ghouls,
forming and re-forming like clouds.
Flee and prepare yourself
for the great jaw.
One evening, as the sun was declining,
I set up my chair on Beacon Hill
And let go.
A man in a broad-brimmed hat
Was flying his kite, bucking and turning
And I flew with it.
A lark came up, warbling beyond reason,
And I soared between them.
Waves of cloud were washing above me,
The current taking my craft aloft
And out of the hazy world.
first pub. in poetrymonthly.com 128, Nov. 2006
'I am a barrister
and I sit half the time as a judge,'
says the square-shouldered lady,
whereas I sit on the train,
stealing away from the workplace
and back to my woman in London.
Violet sleep pales into azure sky
over Portakabin city
and then the magnificent arches
of King's Cross.
Returned to the light at Vauxhall,
I gaze at the glass palace,
the emerald palace
of a mysterious prince.
Clearly, I'm not in Hertfordshire
Even Stevenage lacks
so many sunlit blocks of flats,
such golden arches,
so much art upon the walls.
The Knebworth ladies might be cold,
but the love bus welcomes everybody,
Chinese and curly Africans,
pale schoolboys with protruding ears
and those from out of town.
In a funny corner of Wimbledon
Maria opens her door to me,
waving and smiling like a Chinese.
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|Lottielou||RE: Stevenage-Edinburgh||2||Jun 4 2007, 5:02 PM EDT by lubetkinsue|
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Marvellous to see your page here at last!!
I love the lines...
The city repeats itself
for the thousandth time
It conjures up images of old ghosts and football chants to me... the city being alive ... almost repeating it's own name over and over.
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