The self-dyed tennis-shoes’ new burgundy soaking my socks I made an expedition to the office block where I knew you worked
past the castle mount old marmalade factory static canal out of a toy-box
Part-time in polling seven pounds an hour you surveyed on hoovers and microwaves
were you happy / very happy / not happy at all
Drunk since breakfast I had to sit down cool air a bad knock ache a concussion
I wandered a clown big foot cartoon squeezing and swelling in the mangle crowd what could I pour out to you that was real
I started to run through the city like a slave
Hang Time is a sequence of free sonnets about youthful experiences. The unpunctuated verse of ‘Joke Blood' gathers pace from the painful romantic comedy of its first eight lines (the octave) to the more urgent realisation of despair in the final six (the sestet). As in the classic English love sonnets of Sidney and Shakespeare, the poet goes from being love's clown to love's slave. Graeme Richardson is Chaplain of Brasenose College, Oxford. His poetry criticism has appeared in Areté magazine and his poetry in the magazine 14.
Landfill Press was founded in Norwich in 2004 as a publisher of contemporary poetic sequences.