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Saturday 29 December 2012

John W. Sexton


and flavoured to deter rats ...
live forever
as a bowl of sludge

a guitar note brands
a weal in thought ... mangling worms
push through

she secures the fog
with a golden cord ... daylight
is held from the king

barking ...
Laika makes entry 
in the earthless mind

Captain Kronk descends 
the soft grotto ... an
exhalation of become

a twist of his magic
her lips get hot

a glass door clinks shut
the beekeeper arranges
his beard of bees

her comb grits its teeth ...
Ophelia's knotted hairs
keep their grip on land

666 locust wings
to make that wedding veil
... the groom wore sores

maggot vixens
of Vhuck9 …
men for breakfast

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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