TO CONRAD’S HORROR

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To Conrad’s Horror by Steve Rudd The ocean is so blue as to be meaningful. It’s only in the dead of night, right at the end of the pier where dreams can be analysed and swept aside into the dark, …

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SIBERIA, 1919

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  SIBERIA, 1919  by Steve Rudd  If this is The People’s Act of Love… What went wrong? Siberia, 1919. A man. On the run. Searching for a woman Last seen bleeding To life In the snow. Violence had descended And …

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A WINTER BESIDE ITSELF

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A WINTER BESIDE ITSELF  by Steve Rudd  Most great writers rent: They’re never in one place long enough to buy. Most great writers spend, Their entire lives, trying to define life. Most great writers meant, To offer insights, different from …

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DEEP FRIED RESIGNATION

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DEEP FRIED RESIGNATION  by Steve Rudd Mix a bit of deep-fried resignation with a multitude of low-lifes, And what do you get? You argue, I use big words to mask meaning. I defend myself thus: There’s a man on fire, …

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LAST STOP ALASKA!

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LAST STOP ALASKA  by Steve Rudd  So what if I want to lose myself in America? The thought has always appealed. To lose myself, Hook, line, and sinker: It’s a fantasy I’ve never revealed In order to win, In order …

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER  by Steve Rudd  In The Bleak Midwinter, I’d settle for heartbreak over heartache, Searching for shelter, Your eyes are alight: a beacon in the night. Praying for solace, I savour your advice, as lightning strikes twice, …

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HIGH HEELS vs. PLATFORMS

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HIGH HEELS vs. PLATFORMS by STEVE RUDD It’s a grey day in La Rochelle, Still the station’s somehow charming, Officially hotter than a yachter, There’s not one person smiling… least of all the wild catwalk girls smooching designer cigarettes, draped at …

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THE SCIENCE OF COMPLIANCE

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THE SCIENCE OF COMPLIANCE by STEVE RUDD Complying with passport control purists, Comparing the photo with the pest They see before them, prophetically. When did the beard materialise? When did the hair recede? Luckily the eyes are the same – …

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TRAVELS AMONGST TOURISTS

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TRAVELS AMONGST TOURISTS Do you think the original Grand Tourists were aware? They were kick-starting an irreversible trend That meant every man, every woman, every child With disposable income to spend Would gallivant across Europe to try and find That …

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DUNBAR DID RIGHT

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DUNBAR DID RIGHT by STEVE RUDD Flesh ripped and was stripped Along the trail, cross the plains, Forcing the natives west To where their sun didn’t shine, Clearing the Appalachian massif: now reclaimed And free for the conquerors to desecrate, …

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