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Nine Poems by Ryan Vance

Musica Universalis in the Balance Hole

see here:
https://www.ninemagazines.com/a-newer-shell-1

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portrait of a young man as a collection of undergaduate dissertation post-it notes rediscovered inside a copy of ulysses

 

Note 1

new use for old waste

reuniting with birth? healing?

holy, salvation, et cetera.

 

Note 2

[blank]

 

Note 3

stupidly nationalist views

making fun of rhetoric

turns teacher’s ideas

around on him

 

Note 4

images of waste

coming together

limp father of thousands

using words badly

 

Note 5

veggie food brings on

the shits… and poetry

 

Note 6

[blank]

 

Note 7

[blank]

 

Note 8

waste words superfluous to story

waste of body superfluous to system

reinvented as voice of machinery

reinvention equals voice

 

Note 9

metempsychosis

becoming a man

becoming stephen?

 

Note 10

[blank]

 

Note 11

tenuous link!

overlong descriptions

bag of wind

wasted words? or not

rhetoric is lies!

 

Note 12

ireland???

 

Note 13

waste / sex / land

bad baby, fatherhood, impotence… important?

laying england to waste

daedelus ostracised

through assocciation [sic]

 

Note 14

gross! literature & waste mixed

rejuvenated by plantations

dead dad washed up

waste shore

ireland goes to waste

 

Note 15

[blank]

 

Note 16

[illegible]

see descriptions

of washed up waste

on page 41

Alice Newton’s Liberation

 

a stolen dog

a gunshot, a husband dropped

through rusty skylight

 

across abandoned docks at night

pre-teens drive a creaky sedan

through two sets of reinforced doors

 

a laboratory of crooks, thugs

and teeth-sharp strays

sneering villains, the lot of them

 

a miracle: nobody dies

not the husband, not the children

certainly not the dog

 

that’s Hollywood, baby!

and nothing brings a family together

like vigilantism

 

but Alice Newton does not know this

even we know more than she does

off-screen, out of sight, watching

 

and across the fog-still parking lot

through the chaos, to the phone box

a dark relief comes to heel:

 

no more angel-soft pancakes

before the school run

whipped together in a panic

 

no more lacklustre fucking

a man so bland he barely features

in the forthcoming sequels

 

no more gigantic shits

strewn across the perfect lawn

like stinking wet alien slugs

 

running towards her happy ending

Alice imagines a litter of headlines–

 

VIVISECTIONISTS MURDER FAMILY

WAREHOUSE HORROR DEATH SMASH

LOCAL MOTHER LOSES EVERYTHING

 

–and feels her muzzle loosen

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Three Colour Stories

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Shin
Splint
Blues

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Content
Aware
Neuromancer

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A Lecture
on Writing

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