The manifesto (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by Yang Xiaobin’s photograph, Deng-ism. You’d be hard pressed to recall if it ever existed The wall bears scabs and the occasional bit of crusted adhesive where the fly-poster used to be You might see faces amidst the rust that has eaten through if you look long enough But the names the [...]

Old photo of the young artist (A poem)

My copy of David Sylvian’s book Hypergraphia arrived in yesterday’s mail… The fold in the paper angles through the photograph neatly obscuring the cigarette in the subject’s hand The tears and textures at the paper’s edges hold stains of red wine and coffee in criss-crossing arcs The portrait of a man in youth now shows the signs [...]