And what a
plume we have
a plume with
time on its
hands, look at
sky like a
hail a cab
to find the
plume’s end, where
the last wisps
and a blue
mist hangs, yes,
there it is
in the sky
to the west
cars in the
big box mall
while the sun
bawls and the
sky gets all
Post Poem Interview
You played well out there tonight, Slim.
Slim: Well, you know it’s not about me, it’s about the poem, I’m just part of the process.
Are you suggesting that you are perhaps some kind of conduit linked to some higher power, some higher resource.
Slim: No, I am just mouthing platitudes, isn’t that the idea?
Quite, so I am sure everyone is wondering, who is Nigel?
Slim: He’s my cousin.
That’s a very English name.
Slim: That’s hardly surprising, he is English.
Do you call him ’Nige’ for short?
It sounds like he could be a member of one of those floppy-haired synth bands from the eighties, you know, like Soft Cell or Human League or The Pet Shop Boys. Didn’t XTC have a song about a guy called Nigel. Is he in a band?
Slim: He’s a welder.
Does his hair not get in the way?
Slim: He’s bald, where is this going?
(mumbles) somewhere slow or nowhere fast. So tell me about the structure of this poem.
Slim: I took the 3 syllable line, 4 line verse , I have been using, and applied it to a poem that I was never happy with and it worked, at least it made me trim a lot of the fat and I came up with a better poem, I think?
……….what? Sorry I nodded off there for a bit. Well, I’m sure you are itching to get back to the dressing room and join the rest of the lads in a lukewarm bath of diluted sweat.
Slim: Can’t wait!
I feel uplifted, Jim, and strangely hopeful for the future, although at present where I am it is about burning. When there is no more water, no more rain, and no more rainbows or pots of gold, I will still be able to follow smoke plumes. A pleasing thought and a pleasing poem, thank you, also for elucidating the magical world of performance.
Thanks Steve….pollution poetry is a neglected genre!
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