Apocrypha is available from Donut Press as a special limited edition
of 250 copies, numbered and signed. The wrap-around cover is designed
by Liam Relph; the 16 x 19 cm pamphlet has a plain black cover and is
3-hole stitched. 21 poems, 23 p. Cost £10.
Apocrypha is the Poetry Book Society's pamphlet Choice for Summer 2011.
Click on the thumbnail images below for pictures. Three poems follow.
Bed-head Lazarus, at breakfast:
three Embassy Regal, tea so strong
you could trot a mouse on it.
To his bare barrel chest
a rag-rosette was butterfly stitched,
its filthy text: Do Not Disturb.
Nettle cheese omelette,
French toast with field mushrooms,
three more furious cigarettes.
Manifest ailments: eye-gum,
heart overrun with Japanese knotweed,
cock not worth a docken.
Mist burned off. Honey bees fussed
religiously, as usual, over roses.
Adam lay miraculous,
unconscious with drink.
In a dream, he named whiskies
by nose, palate, finish:
brine and limes, a delicate
Plasticine, emulsion paint,
amyl nitrate. A warm horse.
Kippers, treacle toffee, grassy
with green grape
the work was endless.
Jalapeno peppers, tobacco notes
Adam rose with a rough tongue
Balding young Noah
constructed a classic comb-over.
High wind signalled ruin,
impending rain. He amassed
articles on follicle health, applied
pigeon dung paste,
pomades of hippopotamus fat,
black Andalusian foal urine.
The more elusive ingredients
took jungle-time and steel traps,
an array of live bait, his life
regime and rumour.
Markets rose. Bullet-head Noah
floated his beauty empire.
A.B. Jackson © 2014