ditch,

the poetry that matters

Joel Shea

Joel Shea was born in Victoria, B.C. and currently lives in London, UK. He is also a musician.

eight mobile phone poems from the British Museum
(written on a mobile phone's text editing software, their size kept to a one-screen maximum)

 

you'll cure her

of nothing

 

on a bible tour

with her son,

vibrating his lips like

a big bee

 

here's the husband!

 

**

there was a spot of water

beneath your pint glass

after you moved it

 

I watched

it evaporate

and thought of

what to say to you next

 

**

mouth splits

her head open

 

smiling

 

with her friend

and walking past

 

**

we've eaten so

let's use these calories,

make children

 

food

and time

will make children

our bodies, factories

 

**

it's fake

until you pass a law

 

it's fake

until a mirror

can take its picture

 

**

pour this time

 

full of meanings

 

found or stolen

 

**

the gods took

those bulls' blood,

those mountains of life

 

the family

got to eat the rest

 

**

conduits of

small talk

lead to the future

 

like

time machines

of common thought

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