Oystercatcher Press

 Allen Fisher:

Birds

Allen Fisher cover image

 
£5.00 A5 16pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-16-9.
 


  The writer has not been homeless for more than ten years, but in a situation of living an ‘in transit’ existence between a potential home and a room in a college orchard, in and surrounded by a culture that has almost died from its own self-congratulation, its own internet support for a mixture of the mediocre and nonsense, its own contribution to rubbish. Proposals, a sequence of 35 emblems each comprised of a poem, an image and a commentary, started in this climate and burn-out.  BIRDS brings together 10 poems from Proposals.  The subjects move from burning and wasted energy to the desolation of an environment in Crewe, the 150-year-old railway town, and the routes from there to London, Manchester, Stafford, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.  In particular the routes through rubbish tips, wasted landscapes and wealthy estates. BIRDS, extracted from Proposals, lifts from this melancholy of existence and its partner mourning, for an unrecoverable and false celebration towards a set of modest and local observations.

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Orchard ablaze with daffodils

a mistle thrush signals a sky

sprayed with hundreds of starlings

moving in a changing cloud formation

until a swan opens his wings in my head

and I take a deep breath

my chest fills with the sound of

a flyer as it pulls out to London

smacked dead on the rails

a tawny white-spotted owl