bookscover2cover – His Photographer’s Gaze

 

Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called His Photographer’s Gaze, it can be read by clicking on the link. [Spoiler alert] The story was written as a deliberate riff on Browning’s poem ‘My Last Duchess,’ which still seems so modern when you read it. Very unsettling too.

And to finish, here’s Duran Duran, with a groovy tune and a dress sense that shows that sometimes the 1980s dated rather more quickly than the 1800s –

bookscover2cover -Heiress

 

Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Heiress, it can be read by clicking on the link. This story was written because I wanted my own version of those tales from the Middle Ages in which the awkwardness of some of the syntax and phrasing creates a lyricism of its own somehow.

And to finish, here’s Patti Smith –

bookscover2cover – Motley Feudal Ties

 
Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Motley Feudal Ties, it can be read by clicking on the link. I remember I borrowed a phrase from Karl Marx for the title because he seemed like the go-to-guy so far as the story’s theme was concerned.

And to finish, here’s The Smiths with the national anthem. All stand, please…
 

Beneath a Gale

 

beneath a gale

the pretty chaos of Christmas

lights in the trees

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #186 Georgia’s 2nd “days of Christmas” (choka), another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this prompt we were given Georgia’s Christmas choka as an inspiration:

candles burn bright
Christmas trees twinkle
symbols of rebirth
in dark days of winter
school children home
play in snow-covered lawns
an old beggar stands
alone homeless and cold
angels smile sweetly
on a street corner at dawn
in newspapers
words of peaceful harmony
on the radio
sweet carols play day and night

Christmas card scenes
melt under the heat of hate
we know too well
the children are being good
anxiously awaiting gifts

© Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet, 2014)

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s first John Peel and then Soft Cell –
 

bookscover2cover: Giant Steps

 
Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Giant Steps, it can be read by clicking on the link. I wrote “Giant Steps”  after listening obsessively to an album called ‘The Modern Lovers’. The story is about the character in the album’s songs and paraphrases snatches of the lyrics throughout. And so, to finish, here’s The Modern Lovers –