ditch,

the poetry that matters

Rodney Wood

Rodney Wood lives in Farnborough, Hampshire, England. This year he was shortlisted in the Poetry School Pamphlet Competition and was Poet Of The Week on Poetrysuperhighway.

 

THE ASSASSINATION


 

of a volume of Brazilian Concrete Poetry with syllables broken and distorted

to see who was sleeping in the pages of a volume of Brazilian Concrete Poetry

to see who was sleeping in the pages with syllables broken and distorted


had not the natural deference system alighted with FangSong font and misplaced notes

we both wanted to ravish the A4 mag had not the natural deference system alighted

we both wanted to ravish the A4 mag with FangSong font and misplaced notes


anthologised when tumbled into the archives flesh understanding the mechanics of death

I drew a line under his jaw anthologised when tumbled into the archives

I drew a line under his jaw flesh understanding the mechanics of death


 

 

 

COME DANCING


my rumba a rhapsody, my quickstep a quatrain my cha-cha-cha an Italian canzone

my salsa a sonnet that can't be faulted my rumba a rhapsody, my quickstep a quatrain

my salsa a sonnet that can't be faulted my cha-cha-cha an Italian canzone


my Charleston fun and stately as a chant royale my showdance a dazzling sestina

my fox trot numinous as free verse my Charleston fun and stately as a chant royale

my fox trot numinous as free verse my showdance a dazzling sestina


I possess a slick fuselage made for dancing, an antidote to this drear and stumbling life

the press write about my incestuous world I possess a slick fuselage made for dancing

the press write about my incestuous world an antidote to this drear and stumbling life


 

 

 

TRANSPARENT WORDS


just say there's an audience and he's there under the spotlight

it was easy to get him on stage just say there's an audience

it was easy to get him on stage and he's there under the spotlight


reading ugly poems ending with “I Can't Stop Screaming”

and he keeps on 30 minutes reading ugly poems

and he keeps on 30 minutes ending with “I Can't Stop Screaming”


he can't see me walking onto the stage holding a semi-automatic to clap his heart

I turn up the lights he can't see me walking onto the stage

I turn up the lights holding a semi-automatic to clap his heart

 

 

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                                                                                                          June 22, 2013