Oystercatcher Press

 Alasdair Paterson:
My life as a mad king

APaterson cover

 
£5.00 A5 24pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-92-3.
 



Villanelle the second

 

My state is a broken music

it leaks leaks in shiver descants

from oubliettes and listening tubes

 

My tuning is dog-whistle overtone

of stifled stifling below stairs

my sustain is mandrake rendition

 

Acclaimed my humalong masterwork

lachrimae of smiles and pincers

dungeon stone what a good ear

 

Fetch the parchment rule the staves

string notes out on the sounding rack

my rosin is scarified minstrel

 

Virtuoso on a ground of flesh                           

I peeled redacted lamentations

from garderobes and palace spies

 

So straggle in the detuned consort

for palm court broadcasts to the nation

my state is a broken music

from oubliettes and listening tubes