Monday, 27 June 2022

Graham Skidmore - d. December 21st 2022

Will it be number one,
the man who’s 90% chuckle,
number two, comfortable as a 
dralon sofa, or number three, 
the warden of Camp Kitsch.
The choice…is yours!

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Frank Williams - d. June 26th 2022

A bell tolls at St Aldhelms,
late gothic and moribund,
uncertain of its boundaries.
A toothsome cleric sighs, 
mounts the peeling pulpit.
Having nothing to say, he says 
nothing, and yet so much. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Matt Zimmerman - d. June 9th 2022

I heard Tin-Tin crying 
late at night, 
looking for a red streak in the sky.
A star-soaked voice crackled 
from the radio in Father's study,
and a swimming pool rippled. 

Patricia Brake - d. May 28th 2022

I am not worthy of you, my Venus 
in fake furs, scripted and portrayed
as heir apparent to the throne of 
Muswell Hill, bursting onto set and 
out of it, bristling at lags and lechers,
all spit and spine beneath that sweater.

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Julie Cruise - d. June 9th 2022

I heard a voice on the wind,
a falling angel, echoing 
from canyon to cantina,
part child, part woman,
breathing in strangeness,
breathing out romance.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Bruce Kent - d. June 8th 2022

Not for the powerful but for the weak.
Not to tolerate horror but to face it.
Not to bear arms but to offer a cheek.
Not to wait for peace but to proclaim it.
Not for the bellicose but for the meek.
Not to inherit the world but to save it.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Paula Rego - d. June 8th 2022

You choose your rebel canvas,
paint what is partially there
but wholly felt, knowing a duty
of art is to defy and to confess.
Now you are a collage of air,
assembled from shocking beauty.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Dave Smith - d. May 31st 2022

The imagination talks
to a click track which talks 
to a drum machine which
talks to a bassline which
talks to a sequencer which
triggers a sample which 
triggers a groove which 
triggers feet, heart, head, 
triggers an imagination.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Lester Piggott - d. May 29th 2022

Your peers knew better the shape 
of your backside than your face, 
kept like a well-tended grave.

This was the long and short of it all;
a rustle of silks, the rumbling pall
of hooves, the going good, the fall.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Andy Fletcher - d. May 26th 2022

You came up from the underground
to bring a new disease. 
Your faith and devotion was to sound
and the spell it weaves.
The studio mute, the tape is rewound;
all silent when you leave.

Ray Liotta - d. May 26th 2022

As far back as I remember
I always loved a gangster
movie, their abrupt horror,
the unconscionable banter
in the coldness of murder,
such appalling splendour.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Colin Cantwell - d. May 21st 2022

You pre-imagined the life beyond 
conceptualised in deathless detail
the gleaming craft that would take us 
there, sketched faraway galaxies, 
developed from imagination to hand,
hand to screen, screen to eye.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Vangelis Papathanassíou - d. May 17th 2022

You are hoisted on the shoulders
of replicants and runners, carried
from the studio of this world, 
your body now a sweep of strings, 
the lush chords of a grand heaven.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Cynthia ‘Plaster Caster’ Albritton - d. April 21st 2022

I heard of your little death,
how they cast your stiff form
to preserve the likeness of 
that final excitement, joy 
at leaving hard evidence,
something solid at the end.

Kay Mellor - d. May 15th 2022

Here’s to golden stories, 
the kind where people do 
what people do, 
say what people say
in voice and vernacular
as familiar as furniture.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Denis Waterman - d. May 8th 2022

Met an old snout in Mario’s caff
Mile End blag’s off he said, tell your 
guvnor - mark of respect for your DS. 
Slipped him a score for his trouble.
Sweet. Condolences to his missus.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Régine Zylberberg - d. May 1st 2022

tried in vain to get into the clubs
from Juan-les-Pins to Jupiter -

Sorry sir,  too scruffy, too dumb, 

too normal. I saw the Queen 

of the Night, movie star on each arm,

laughing as she exited by a side door.

Read about Régine Zylberberg

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Klaus Schulze - d. April 26th 2022

Stars pulse for you in sine waves,
square waves, sawtooth waves, 
aligning, interlocking, sequencing.
Background radiation is a drone 
of ambience, the sound of an 
old synth played by cold fingers.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Harrison Birtwistle - d. April 18th 2022

Life is not a simple sonata
playing in another room; it 
follows rules that cannot be
explained, or no rules at all.
It is both hush and cacophony.
Play it. You will be heard.

Thursday, 7 April 2022

David McKee - d. April 6th 2022

I’m walking down Festive Road, 
a place that surely must exist, 
wondering where I’ll go, not sure 
who I’ve been. But what’s this, 
deep in my pocket? A pen. 
It will help me remember.