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Sunday 4 November 2012

John W. Sexton

The Unanswered

wasps’ papier-mâché
puppet of god ... wasps
is the sound of wasps

meadow shattercups
turn blue as men tread, blue ...
men when they turn, turn blue

the clay
in her teeth ... a ghost haunts
the unanswered mail

A Slow Burn

of the reamtime ... a sprouting
of thistle-cherub

sluggish stars
smoulder their eternities ...
Lucifer a slow burn

eternal tunnels
through the undead emperor ...
his rat familiar

Mercury Girls

crisp with autumn ...
the leaf dirigible
crackles through the clouds

in the sanctity engine ... nuns
bleed light for the star run

some like it hot ...
the mercury girls
rise above us

Moist Song

bubonic-skinned ...
all they knew of beauty
was themselves

moist song of
vulva birds
sunlight through the gap

a grey dray-horse
its shadow dim ... the End
of Dull Days deadens
John W. Sexton is the author of four previous poetry collections, the most recent being Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, is due from Salmon Poetry in spring 2013. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

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