fold (mr wilson went in with a hose / and put an end to it) - D.A. Taylor

they put a roll of taxpayer’s single-ply on the lino

sprayed it with lynx        flicked a bic        and

expected the best        two of the cool kids

one who knicked pall malls from

his mum’s frankton market D&G        & who

everyone joked about taking out by the skip

        really not really

caught the idea

off an older brother        anarchy at melville

high        smoke & burn out        the gym bathroom

and they shot behind the canteen to watch I heard


but the paper didn’t catch        just kept almost

-ing        enough to stop the lunch fourty-five

we were

spared the fire engines        the alarm

didn’t work        just got kat g. busting her

polyester elbow        and nail bed

on the emergency glass

the carpet tile scabs

still going soft under warehouse specials

        on        wet        days


        on        nights        still 

you can hear ben and curtis puffing their

chests        ripping codys 

a slip of rizzla around their indexes

telling each other how fuckin cool

they were in 2006        still are        i suppose

Excel (a found poem) - D.A. Taylor

=
IF(RANDBETWEEN(0,1)=0,"and ","but ")
&
IF(RANDBETWEEN(0,1)=0,"he ","she ")
&
IF(RANDBETWEEN(0,1)=0,"loves "," doesn't love ")
&
IF(RANDBETWEEN(0,1)=0,"her","him")


but she doesn't love her

and she doesn't love her

and he loves him

but he doesn't love him

and he doesn't love him

and he loves her

but he doesn't love her

but she doesn't love him

but she doesn't love her

and he loves him

but he doesn't love him

but she loves her

but she doesn't love her

but he doesn't love her

and he loves her

Contributor's Note

D.A. Taylor is an editor, copywriter and MA graduate of Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's writing programme at the University of Waikato.

 

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