Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during the tail end of the winter and on into spring. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)
a shopping list and Lowry
my eye is drawn to Flowers in a Window:
the regularity of the bricks,
and no one inside looking out.
meanwhile my head begins the list
of groceries to be got
for the life lived.
in Going to the Match,
the game’s a magnet:
droves drawn in.
always the basics:
bread and milk,
eggs and cheese, greens and tea.
in The Bedroom, Pendleton,
the bars at the foot of the bed,
are reminiscent of jail.
mustn’t forget rice,
pasta, salt, flour,
and Heinz Baked Beans.
the smoky sky of Peel Park:
a series of smudges,
in Industrial Landscape: so many chimneys,
but church spires too, and Lowry’s words on the wall,
saying there was no ‘message’.
cloths and bleach,
some spray to clean the shower.
in Coming from the Mill,
a machine orchestra plays,
heads bend, men retreat as if on invisible wires.
and a TV guide,
‘Had I not been lonely...’ he said,
more of his words there on the wall:
or 9 tins.
at the Lowry Museum it’s free to get in,
but they ask for a donation,
even give recommended amounts.
there’ll be a bill,
a regulation wonky trolley.
coming out, the world feels changed:
Man Laying on a Wall one I particularly remember
then, before going shopping, do…
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below. Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout the spring of 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 chapbook (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till then.
Wayne Dean Richards A Bunch of Five at Outsideleft
Wayne Dean Richards Microfiction begins here: To Me
Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here
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