From my ongoing manuscript Never Mind the Beasts. Ring games. South London. Near Elephant and Castle. 1970s. We popped over to South London from Northern Ireland to escape The Troubles. I was a sensitive wee boy.
Currently finishing up my manuscript Never Mind the Beasts. Never Mind the Beasts is a book of saints with many settings, including: Lisbon, London, Milton Keynes, Hurricane, Portadown, Katowice, Faro, and Texas. It is a great mashup bursting with flavours, including: instructional essays, alien immigrant memoirs, erotic stories, vignettes, political fables, monologues, and travelogues. Never Mind the Beasts is part dreambook. Part travel handbook. Part absurdist realist mystery fables. Here is one of the poems. It is about your spine. How is your spine today?
New poem by JJ Mars (my side project) over at FOR EVERY YEAR. Thanks Crispin Best.
(Painting by Oliver Hibert)