Immigrant Tongues by Paul Brookes

I am not a silent poet

closed mouths

welcome occupation

of tongue by tongue

gypsy together

enrich each private space

breath ripens

restless unsettling in

make a home in us

shape our tongue

their tongue entwines

with ours


Paul Brookes was in poetry performance group “Rats for Love” and is in their “Rats for Love: The Book” Bristol Broadsides, 1989. His first chapbook “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley” by Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live. Recently published in Ekphrastic Review, Red Fez, The Bees Are Dead, The Beatnik Cowboy, Clear Poetry, and others.

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Mad One Eye And His Bird Brains by Paul Brookes — In Between Hangovers

Every dawn I send out black feathered bird brains my memory and thought to fetch news. I’ve gid them power of speech, and fret they’ll not come back one on these days, so I’ll sit here thoughtless and without memory. Our lass says, “Thas allus same once thas let thee birds go. Tha sits around […]

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