‘Served In A Mug’ Gavin Wade and Paul Conneally


you know my life
machines the arcades
oxeye daisies

tripping himself he falls
onto his broken hand

time passes
I carry on looking up
into the sky

Murdoch Priestly and Watt
coated in gilded bronze

I’ve got a feeling
we aren’t going to get
a fee for this job

she turns back smiling
and gives me a wave

it’s a funny thing
the half moon

scrolling Baburnama
she tells me with confidence
that tulips are from Turkey

a pint of bitter
in a straight glass

embedded assumptions
encoded in expecting
this seamless conformity

sunshine and showers
we’re going to take this
to the next level

Freya makes atmospheric
changes to the lighting

you’re a big man
in bad shape
behave yourself

quadrophonic sound
and feet on pink underlay

chilled to the bone
we make love
in our ankle socks

I take the call during
my keynote lecture

I miss you
I fancy you
I wish I was touching you

Tracey has a gin
served in a mug

I’d almost forgotten
what your eyes looked like
piss holes in the snow

plaster flowers captured
in bright sunlight

Gavin Wade & Paul Conneally
March 2019

‘Served In A Mug’ is a collaborative poem written originally as a series of tantwenga poems (tanrenga written via Twitter) presented here in a renga like format to be read aloud by two voices or in your head in two voices. It ‘links and shifts’ to and from and includes direct quotes from the script of the British movie ‘Get Carter’ by Mike Hodges.

It is an intertextual intercranial collaborative poem rooted in the practice of renga poetry.

The poem comes out of the ongoing Bred Pudding Collective’s work ‘Man From The North’ an original film script intended to move to film that in some ways mirrors ‘Get Carter’ in reverse written by the BPC’s Russ Ralph.

Here is Russ with one stanza .. actually the starting point taken by fellow BPC member Paul Conneally (Little Onion) for ‘Served In A Mug’

2 thoughts on “‘Served In A Mug’ Gavin Wade and Paul Conneally

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