Rupert Loydell /The Age of Neglect/


The night is stained by
a fairyland of lights:
bad vibes and bad TV.

This evening you are in
the most fantastic setting
in the world. Switch off.

Dreaming in sequence
I cross deserts
into nocturnal magic.

The wind splashes
reds and browns
on to the canvas;

you dance in front
of the painting
like a tree falling

to the ground.
Three languages
juxtaposed in stone

but translation is
impossible. We want
to remain hidden.

Rupert Loydell is  Senior Lecturer in the School of Wriitng and Journalism at Falmouth University, a writer, editor and abstract artist. He has many books of poetry in print, including Dear Mary (Shearsman, 2017) and The Return of the Man Who Has Everything (Shearsman 2015); has edited anthologies such as Yesterday’s Music Today (co-edited with Mike Ferguson, Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2014), Smartarse (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011) , From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman, 2010) and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: manifestos and unmanifestos (Salt, 2010).


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