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the leaves won’t stop their insidious reminders that I can’t look earphones in the eye & other poems

By Andrew Wells.

dragonfly, this morning, this afternoon

it was the stickiest
gash to turquoise sheets
that smell of a whole other bed
I didn’t take my trainers to the coast
driving there the sun rose pink I didn’t take
my swimming trunks to the coast & driving there
my eyes drooped to the air con my arm hair stood

meerkat that was
that I ran through woodland
again it isn’t so bad but those planks
are simply red familiar saying no don’t
you dare to chase that gleam it is orange it
is a dragonfly no don’t you dare to dare to chase that
look to the arm think you are hurt in far more places than that plastic one

the leaves won’t stop their insidious reminders that I can’t
look earphones in the eye.

it is not bereft     ,     yet

hanging

despon—

dent     ,     like lead

gracious         ! my penis

is insufferable

& my bedroom
musty as anyplace

open the window     ,     trains
are, intermit—

—tently                 hurtling

do not appeal         never
appealed

I would rather go for a drive

[     conveniently     ]

to forget
straight over
that nightly
rained-on
National
Limit
bend

Alice

               [   Alice    ,    just
               
               so    you    know
               my radio    ,    still
               thinks of you   ]

it is   too   early
to be driving

            sixteen cases
            shudder in the pocket

            a water bottle
      in the passenger side

what   !   a   shame
            it isn’t    the season
               for gossamer

the corner’s slope
         was steeper than I’d guessed
         and, braking, I was not sorry
         almost to roundhouse kick a cyclist

when

at
the foot
of
the potted tree

those

half-dead
half-red       petrol-fume-
                  inhaling
       flowers

bury
themselves          a-
-live, will

your
connection

         be          any less
         temperamental?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Wells is the author of Jimmy Walks Unbended (PYRAMID Editions, 2016), and his work has appeared in Lighthouse and Bare Fiction, among others. He is based in Norwich, UK, where he edits Haverthorn Magazine and studies at UEA. He tweets

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Sunday, November 13th, 2016.