Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
That hiss of the wind in trees rippling white-sided.
My uncle's son-in-law drove him to a nursing home to die. A black woman in a uniform came out.
"Bloody hell," my uncle said. "What tribe are you?"
Oh, no, please, my uncle's son-in-law thought.
"Matabele," the woman said, and as she guided and supported my uncle lifting himself out of the back of the car in to his wheelchair my uncle and the woman started to have a conversation together with each other in Swahili. My uncle had done some of his National Service in Kenya and said he had learned to speak some Swahili there.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Mr Grafton marched out of his premises when he heard the thin bright wire of the scream climb in to the autumn sky. The tram scraped screeching and stopped. The horses stood, ears flicked, heads bobbed, the long reins pulled tight.
Shied when a straw bonnet with a ribbon on it blew past their hocks and hoofs. There was blood on the brim. The people on the street were silent with a sick feeling, and then whispers.
Practical grey-handlebar-moustached Mr Grafton marched forward to take charge. His bowler hat was straight and he was wearing a starched shirt and black cravat and the trousers and waist coat of his grey 3-piece suit, having left his jacket in the office in his haste taking his bowler from the peg.
Clearly there had been a frightful accident. Terrible business. Mr Grafton knew he must take charge. He stopped by the front of the tram in the middle of the cobbled street and nodded gruffly to the fish-belly-white-faced driver who looked down at him appalled, giant eyes, squid eyes. Mr Grafton bent to look under the tram to be certain the poor party was in fact deceased and would not be further injured if he directed the tram to back up to free the body.
It was 1928. Younger rusty-handlebar-moustached Mr Grafton saved Mark Addy from drowning in the Irwell though it was a misunderstanding, and owned a bicycle shop and then the 1st Ford motor car show room in the south eastern district of the Manchester conurbation. The good son was killed at Ypres. The younger son helped his father with the business, was schizophrenic, shot himself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Mr Grafton shut down. Continued to attend church. Felt angry all the time without knowing. Survived his wife. Married a young girl. Survived her when she and her straw bonnet were crushed by a horse-drawn tram.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
For 4 hours I remember nothing at all the pretty horses come to the aid of the quick red fox glacier mints meat polar bear arms and the manifold it 5 ways and put it where the moon don't shine on harvest moon river Just once I'd like to hear you scream in pain Try playing some rap music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel red jacket white T blue jeans He has to see us Harry Webb and the Spyders in the heat of the night of the iguana he arrives just in time wounds all heels round about just a minute passes the clock throws minutes in to the room with a view from the bridge contract trumps smells like boiled eggs bus ride from Queens Park giant spidery steel/concrete bridge high above the river in the park funny-coloured textile-smelling water ripples silkily - down from the bridge they throw bags of rubbish mattresses an old brown sofa I thought was a dead cart horse on its side fridges a gold-spray-painted basket chair and a large porcelain doll lying on its back, the river eddies moving the hem of its dress, that turns its head from the side and opens glass Liz Taylor eyes and blinks.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Friday, 1 August 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
I'm re-thinking the order I want to post new pieces in: Shots 1 to 4 and then Shot 6 are pieces I wrote in the order they are posted - the pieces I wrote next are piled up in note books, and I want to go through them and find and post the ones that work before I post more recent writing that I've already got to hand.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
Saturday, 12 April 2008
Monday, 3 March 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Monday, 4 February 2008
Thursday, 31 January 2008
The village he lived outside of at a farm and the quays and the keys and the stream and consciousness and the dusty sage hills in the west and all the towns and cities of the plain where the dust is as thick as flour hanging against the enamelled blue sky behind the car, following the fights for all of the summer, the Catholic religious festivals of the saints, eating apples and raw onions in the car, and the big apple briefly for work and play and drinking with the witless circle - "Did he really like me?" dying Dorothy asked - and an older city once, because of the strong $, and again for nostalgia, and the skies over another country along with youth and later and the clear cubist winter edges of buildings across a lagoon, and finally a poured concrete house above the flood, and then the greenish underwater light of the wards of the clinic and out along the northern river that a younger writer said washes up the body of the country, on days out for good - cheerful - behaviour, even breaking bottles in a row with a 22 Woodsman hunch shouldered white hair bearded steel frame spectacles with Father Xmas eyes behind worried by now - pop pop pop - a good pistol shot still for an old man; or always the summer small town in summer every summer as a child and adolescent - the frightening, attractive woods - the sky reflecting the lake and pine tops - the last good country - the lost good country - the places he said you can only go to again in your memory because when you go back for real you find they are ruined, back to front, though when you go back in memory in your mind they are still perfect and the same, as pristine as a boy's illusions or snow on a mountain seen from a distance and the green hills above the straw-coloured grass in the heat.
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Friday, 11 January 2008
No, they weren't. They were lying on the sand,
on Bank Holiday Monday.
The first one said,
"It's nice out today, isn't it?"
The second one said,
"Yes it is. I might take off my overcoat."
The first one said,