Pink Gums

When I lived in the Docklands of East London, next to Commercial Road, it was a battle to keep my gums pink. Here is a short reading, from my novel Never Mind the Beasts, about the many routines from my time in the Docklands. Close to Poplar, in the Lansbury Public Housing Estate. It isContinue reading “Pink Gums”

The Future is in the Wind

When I lived in East London, we walked along the canal near Christmas and ate the Christmas cake. I thought about my family, especially my brother Aaron, gone now 8 years. We were very close growing up as new immigrants in America, and also in Milton Keynes, where he was born.

GOODBYE LONDON

Final day in London. Last minute charity shop runs and bag weight reshufflings. Then chill in North London with Chris Gutkind. North London is where London began for me over 7 years ago. By noon tomorrow we will be residents of Madrid. Airb&b for a while while hunting for flat to rent. Have to startContinue reading “GOODBYE LONDON”

OHIO EDIT

“At the lunch table there is a new man. He has been to Dubai and it is very hot. But worse than that is Vegas he says. He gets very excited about Vegas. You have to step into the casinos to cool off he says. I don’t know how to gamble he says. Did youContinue reading “OHIO EDIT”

EILEEN MYLES AND GETTING PAID

Eileen Myles gives me hope. Not necessarily for money for poetry. Although I did get paid £50 for my poems in Tin House and that felt somehow a little validating. Even more than the money was having poems in Tin House and the generosity of poet friends. Eileen Myles, like many I would imagine, givesContinue reading “EILEEN MYLES AND GETTING PAID”

ON THE ROAD FROM CANTON OHIO AND EAST LONDON

Marcus Slease and John Estes. Over here. John Ashbery and Eileen Myles are in the conversation. Many others too. Canton, Ohio and East London. Check it out over here at Likestarlings: http://www.likestarlings.com/poems/marcus-slease-john-estes/#1