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the poetry that matters

Billy Cancel

Billy Cancel is a Brooklyn based poet/performer whose work has appeared in Fire, Neon Highway, Tremblestone, Iota, Rites ‘N’ Sites,The Text, Split 380, Lungfull, Mad Moth, Infinite Space, Fact-simile, 6x6 (Ugly Duckling) and aslongasittakes (sound poetry). A series of chapbooks have been publsihed through Hidden House Press.

The Caradon Box

grey smear covered
                                         in white scratches

each green fold packed
                                               with brown steeples

grey curve thins
                                  breaks sharp on blue

swirl emerged
                             frightened & new

 
 




don’t soft pedal this hideous slack
was dragged from sowden’s bridge to
unwitting hour’s open call for soluble additions
& guess what fungus
on the brain was recalling
a series of 2 digit codes to produce
a selection of custom sandwiches next
time it’ll take obscene
reconnaissance before i leave
19th century german again if anyone needs
to find me i’ll be with portable autumn
waiting for the ferry back

 

 

 

 

stacked high my whining freight

hollow
              eyed enquiries
able bodied
                        damned
tight lipped
                        fluorescents
shaken down
                           paragons
ghost locales
                           in viscous drub
single fine
                     edge
of vast
              unformed shape
polychrome
                          complaints

today’s insipid

consignment tomorrow’s

important

barrage           

 

 


now you have
been years

no doubt in
                        the pattern

lavender teal
pink your rush                         they grid

a warm crawl in
                                a worm crawls out
 
 

 

 


to vague
                    
eloquent
music was
                    exposed

then in
a rosebush
vomiting

this was
                a raw
                           problem
                                            most
                                                      unlike
                                                                   a shadow

 

 

 


missed sharp ride
                                           to industrial yellow

                             means
ooze & spread

unclaimed background
                                               accumulating load

                                          steady flow
                   of ailments

                    struggle
                                     in brambles

                                       slipping
       country fashion

 

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