Doom off the rails…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s dictionary word is ‘colcothar’ – a dark red iron peroxide formed by calcining iron sulphate. I have lots of it around the house, as I am calcining iron sulphate daily.

Simon Doom, writer and poet from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, paid me a brief (thank goodness) visit last night. He said he had just read the piece by Tony Mayonnaise (another stalwart of the HSL) that I included here a few days ago – he said that he thought it was infantile rubbish. No surprise there then…
He gave me a copy of his latest ‘spoem’ (spoof poem) to publish. It seems to be a rather feeble attempt at combining eroticism and railway trains. I thought that I might take the opportunity of sticking one of my photographs up with it, after all, a picture is worth a thousand… and, it might take the rough edge off the reading experience for you my dear reader. ‘Enjoy’ as they say in trendy cafes…
(I think my photograph is far sexier than his spoem.)

Detail from a massive Chinese steam locomotive in the National Rail Museum, York, UK.

Palpable black night tools
Silky sheet steam ripples
Glow now moving train glow now
Scented breathy earthy gasps
Curvilinear smooth expectations
Surprising textured thoughts occur
Sudden body core impulse
A brush and rush against distant memory
Curtain blue dawn slit
Engine pulse engine pulse no stopping
Slow tunnel descent gradient
Shudder and pitch gentle darkness
Candle breeze flicker yellow
Cold pillow rolling stock

Simon Doom. 2011.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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