Year: 2020

Albion

f/3.2, ISO-200, 0 step, 40mm, 1/640 sec.

The Drought

Perverse drought, powerless, swelling in your barns. Fruit and produce, blight and mildew. And on the land, the cattle fall. Frustration, sworn to soil and dust, the sand …

Stripes

f/3.5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/400 sec.

Oil on Canvas

My fingers touch dry strokes from a brush on a canvas from last year. So delicately you worked that piece. The landscape – brilliant greens and soft browns, …

Swallows

They move and glide in droves outside the passage brothel, through the alleyway, to their mud nests. He watches her floral skirt, twenty minutes – how she lingers …

The Night Watchman

The brothel was cold, and the numbness of her panting, was cold, but inviting – Unhappiness and self-pity. And then asleep, her snoring pleasurable, gentle in the murky …

From Zerbst

Across the Russian wastes towards Leningrad and Moscow. Across the flats, the galloping horses thunder on, the Empress pressing with God-Speed from Riga before the snow and fur …

Her Boots

Her boots, and her laces tethered, and her shawl sloppy around tired shoulders. Always a sequence, always the same, but not today. In the distance, a frozen lake. …

Little Bird

[For Kari Jeppesen] – I watched you die, little bird, how you squirmed, the crazy cat plucking you gracefully from your aborted flight, crimson spurting, eyes rolling loosely …

Antiquities

Pastel shades, gold and scarlet, splendid in the evening light, the cleanest shades. The room, largely decorative with plumes of grey and black and blue. They called it …

Your Last Orbit

Did you just die, I can’t hear you anymore. Frantic, out of control, you buzzed your last while trying to escape, the blinding light that tempts you to …

The Snuff Box

He dressed eccentrically at the most – striped trousers and a top hat bowler. And a long coat and gaudy shirt. His eyeglasses would swing on a chain, …

Manet

f/2, ISO-200, 0 step, 6mm, 1/8 sec.

Rafters

Taut line of thin manila, rope creaking, on dusty rafters swinging. In your shame. Forty years of dead weight, then like a pendulum still. It was three days …

The Hi-Hat Solo

Foot pedal and cymbals, the beat, the kettle drum, and the girl and the hi-hat solo. Good looking men watch her deliver from the shadows. Are you Jack? …

Early Morning

f/2.5, ISO-125, -2 step, 6mm, 1/15 sec.

Chinatown

f/2.8, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/80 sec.

Photo Albums

The pictures taught him respectability. One of a young Jewish girl, with tattered stripes and the yellow ‘Judenstern’. Another of broken bones and ash cloud plumes above chimney …

Oxford Street

f/5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/200 sec.

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