ditch,

the poetry that matters

Tony Rickaby

Tony Rickaby is an artist and writer living in London, UK. He has produced hypertext animations for Drunken Boat, Locus Novus and Toad, visual poems for Altered Scale, Counterexample Poetics, Cricket, InStereo Press, 20x20, Otoliths and Suss and writings for Anderbo, Athregeum, Aspidistra, Dark Sky, Fox Chase Review, Streetcake and Word Riot.

 

Potamoi
 
   
That natural dirty transport together
seems calmer in the middle.
When did that though - that last move?

Browner here and the difference
comes in threes.
Gravel noises strongest grey
Is it healthy here?

Windows slide past disappearing
criss-cross movements
come in such an angle -
just the wind blows it can get to.

Some like floating – appear washed up -
light must be moving maybe scum
hums lighter lives on through the outlines
Where’s the orange - down below?

Dots don’t move though shadows do
that bleak thing passing now?

Rescue coming – looks old and something
There’s the surface - is it cold?

Back again – the other way

 

Vagabondia


The held-out hat dealt with the dog,
all made from the worn and torn -
among the crowds a low street view.

Hats are timeless -
old vessels to contain the market, 
Ripostes raised up
Trivia gains value by being seen.

The hat catches that better life.
A creaking pallet,
as its guest waits for the light,
covers the dead ground.
Things are exchanged.

 

Market Forces


grab wasting time shrug
shoulders what you mean scratch
chin must be joking note
shape how much you say turn
back not big enough stroke
ear what can you offer wave
finger can’t believe this count
the number you really sure choose
favourite won’t have that pick
where’s it from stare
show something else shake
head what’s this purse
think angles all about look
that nod feels not more
this smile can’t make out pull
what’s there for arms fold
decide down more point
like this wipe worth leave
eyes come kidding me grin

  Workforce

Accessory-detector
Access-recoverer
Across-timer
Amount-operator
Appliance-collector
Apply-shifter
Arrange-taker
Assist-user
Attachment-smoother
Backing-doubler
Basics-loader
Batch-parter
Beat-lengthener
Binding-combiner
Break-holder
Bring- scorer
Carry- piler
Catch-filler
Centre-looper
Charge-sizer 
Check-breaker
Choice-pointer
Clearing-placer
Clip-puller
Coating-approver
Combination-strander
Completing-liner
Connection-mixer
Control-rusher
Correction-arranger
Count-remover
Cover-counter
Cross-piecer
Cut-securer
Dash-planner
Display-obtainer
Divide-guider
Drag-sizer
Drive-folder
Drop-shover
Ease-cleaner
Edge-forcer
Element-certifier
End-checker
Fault- copier
Fetch-varier
Fine- fitter
Finish-storer
Firm-spacer
Fitting-keeper
Fold-looker
Force-turner
Front-evener
Grade-repairer

 

Grind-runner
Halt-trimmer
Hand-checker
Hang-mixer
Hard-starter
Haul-assembler
High-dasher
Hour-crosser
Inspection-blender
Item-sizer
Join-stuffer
Knock-toiler
Layout-repairer
Leave-marker
Level-assister
Lift-tightener
Limit-presser
Line-mover
Link-replacer
Load-stander
Look-wiper
Loop-chooser
Loosen-beater
Lower-cutter
Measure-joiner
Middle-stretcher
Mixture-knocker
Move-seamer
Number-mounter
Opening-lifter
Operation-caller
Over-putter
Pack-catcher
Parts-easer
Pass-processor
Pattern-unwinder
Pause-presser
Pickings-server
Piece-minder
Pile-estimator
Place-carrier
Point-binder
Prepare-setter
Press-stacker
Pressure-getter
Process-backer
Project-repeater
Pull-maker
Push-stocker
Raise-passer
Range-pusher
Records-applier
Remainder-fetcher
Removal-determiner
Repair-shortener
Report-layer
Response-installer
Rest-grinder
Roll-dragger
Row-firmer
Run-hauler
Rush-handler
Schedule-charger
Seam-dealer
Securing-dropper
Set-leveller
Shake-packer
Shift-fixer
Short-leaver
Shove-controller
Show-fronter
Side-watcher
Size-finisher
Smooth-corrector
Sort-driver
Space-sticker
Speed-stringer
Stack-winder
Stand-loosener
Start-slider
Stir-changer
Stock-hanger
Stop-roller
Strain-stripper
Strand-bringer
Stretch-clearer
Strip-doer
Stuff-picker
Supply-stamper
Support-storer
Surplus-rester
Sweat-waster
System-raiser
Take-divider
Task-adder
Test-numberer
Tighten-preparer
Time-shaker
Top-sorter
Total-opener
Transfer-linker
Trim-speeder
Turn-strainer
Under-stopper
Upper-attacher
Watch-cutter
Weight-sticker
Work-edger

 

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                                                                                                           October 16, 2012