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    SCULPTURE PAGES

photo-poetry exploration
in slow film format+ line art
and hyper text+ meta text

Agnus Dei Qui 
(unus poema)

Walled sundial time is slower
than heart-beat clock time -

unum apricus post meridiem
sed mihi tristis tristis tristis!

Tempus fugit. Carpe alienus 
diem a tune in rapt sunlight

Agnus Dei qui tollis...calor
heard from the nunnery to zen

for     tristis Soror Jane
==================
SUNDIAL COUPLETS

after Alexander Pope
ex. summer school 2019

all couplets marked Zx
will appear on www.zen
spacia.co.uk when live

The Tabula

By a sunlit Venus, rasa
a tablet flaunts a tabula

Dune

A swallow flew though a zero
and on, to the nadir of none

For Socrates

You said: the life unexamined
is not worth living, to a death

The Crossing  (after Koko)

Cold moon, the last river ferry
smoky, bats wheeling: a cry

Sundial

Time is etched on a sundial
to a form of concentration

Late Summer

Sun on the marsh valerian
I became a lotus flower

Graeco-Roman

The spirit of Palladio
was Graeco, not concrete Roman

La Louvesc

A Jesuit Seminary
and sparrows flaunting in rafter


Prime Mover

Who first entered sundial zen?
The one Ornamental Hermit

Dry Mezzogiorno

Sunlit annihilation
with blue blaze all intensity

Angled Shade

We need a bench in a corner
to watch time on a sundial

Programming (after A. Pope)

Manners, deportment and proper
elocution need to be taught

Helen     zx

She swam into the heart of light
in an interior cavern

Visit Friedrichstein      zx

Beyond ruin, in the stable
block, a tack room with no bridle

The Vanished                     Zx

All my great Editors are dead.
Alan Ross, Cookson, Martin Blyth

The Others Dead Young        Zx

Sophie Hamilton, Fiona
Hobkirk, Joan my mother, Tessa

The Malayan Emergency          Zx

Seconded to the Gurkhas, my
patrol father loved his kukri

Secular Society (for H. Bosch)

No grace, before eating: the pride
in gluttony before a fall

Subliminal (after Simone Weil)

Beauty in creation, sublime
as our God in a lit beauty

Dystopian Fall (after Spengler)

The advance of the zombie, fish-
eyed, lacking reason and language

Lunar Eclipse (for Robert Lowell)

I drank a full moon with vodka
last night, shining dim golden-white

At Duino Castle Trieste                  Zx

My father, as the aide-de-camp
had my mother down from Vienna

West German English           Zx

The cultured German has better
English than many a teacher

Trying To Find Lady Caroline      Zx

Twenty years reaching Aquitaine
for her in the dunes, heading south

The '47 Travels Of 'Buster'     Zx

Air-crated, Bombay to Paris
with India partitioning
 
In The Octagonal Chambers        Zx

Who is alive down there? Rampage-
mad rats nip an operative

Lacking Summer

rather, she said, after pale days
but, then, whatever did she mean?

Benediction Exposition

The monstrance, and ciborium
can flare the soul with a wafer

Eternal War with AI

Where, the spirit-lock in AI?
the Sanctus? the Trinitatis?

Internet Mass Projection

We can chant the Agnus Dei
and 'wine is spiritual drink'

For Alexander Pope

There is a fluidity quick
in Pope, taking us by surprise

Alexander Pope 2               Zx

After Horace, our first modern
poet. Master of the couplet

The Cutting Room                     Zx

Lowell penned his dry 'Life Studies'
in heroic couplets, at first

Parody of Pope (after Juvenal)

The white, elegant colonnade
is no place to eat marmalade

Stuccoed Portico (after Browning)

Have we, dear sir, been here before?
and the pose of that femme fatale?

After Ode Horace

The golden-glow evening sunlight
on leaf, and girl, will not last

On Pope Imitating Horace                  Zx

You, sir, got him part-wrong: you lacked
a divan bed in Italy

Probatum Est

Lettuce and cowslip wine, for rest
and a quieting of passion

The Birth of Venus

Ode Horace kept a scallop shell
for their twirl to Primavera

Cadence of The Dawn

In the inner ear, a fine tune
to a fresh dawn wind can violin

On the Promontory

Out at sea, a marine murmur
of dry celestial music 

Chapel In The Pines

Moonlit, to the hum of the wind
through an open door, descanting

By The Tumbled Graves

Is the early dawn roseate
rose-pink, a sky flush with longing?

Marina (for Abby S)                   Zx

The yacht dipping gently off Maine,
a hand on the tiller, you glowed

The Twickenham Villa

Alexander, keen on marble
saw Palladian in sylvan

His Augustan Grotto

An underground spring seen spurting
he walled a grotto, wanted nymphs

Summer Pastoral

Come, lovely Nymph, Alexander
wrote, near in Elysium delight

The Harmless Grove

Though no viper hid, Alexa
felt the Serpent Love in his breast

The Crystal Tide

Is the River Thames a mirror?
gliding glassy past a Villa

Invitation Declined (for C)

I did once propose sipping Earl
Grey Tea, in a green rotunda

To The Bordello

Pope found embarking by water
easier for reaching Soho

Inundation 1 (after Swinburne)

The rain is thinning, and petals
from a frail rose lie around

Inundation 2 (after Eliot)

The rain now thinning, and petals
off a frail rose lie around

Summer Night

The cypress mourns in the palace
walk, Tennyson, and does not wave

Preserve of Citrus Fruit

Latin: melimelum, from Greek
melimelon: honey apple

Landing Latin

Marine, marinus; mariner,
nauta; conubialis, love


For Countess Marie Larisch     Zx 

With a shower of rain; we stopped
in the colonnade, and went on


Ex. Roman Fragments (hic)

After a young woman singing
in ecstasy for an hour

Loeb Lingua Franca 

In Berlin, Germany, Ovid
read in English for the Latin


Cutting Ivy For Lucy

The tendrils did long perturb her
clinging over her panel fence

Chatham House 1           Zx

I imagined antlers, a log
fire, a girl in corduroy

Chatham House 2                    Zx

passing the port in her blue vest
and a confidential chamber

Epistle for Lucy (after Pope)

Lucy, the high ivy tendrils
have been removed, and you are free

Blair's Major Error          Zx

To try and eliminate core 
upper-middle class SOE

And, To Play (source: MOD)      Zx

'his pop guitar on the sofa
 in Downing Street' whilst C-in-C

Last Lunch with Jean Stewart (MI7) Zx

Mocked 'Obama on a sofa'
but doubted Brown as 'a gangster'

The Polish Cavalry (1939)           Zx

Pilecki's horse, Bajka, was shot
dead from beneath him by Panzers

Rose Garden (after Pound)

The Elizabethan roses
have gone a deep rich pink: blazon

Arkadia, Poland (near Nieborow)

English landscape park, with a lake,
a Roman Aqueduct, Temple


Shostakovitch (for Tippett)        Zx

Stalin growling with Beria,
after Macbeth, he wrote the 5th

The Fittleworth Equivalent        Zx

A strange, syncopated torment
and rebellion, in Elgar

Entrapment In Fittleworth         Zx

A circling black helicopter,
a sports-car U-turn, Range Rover

Albionista Blair Dystopia                  Zx

Each house fully wired, each car
tracked by a transponder bleeping

'Gentlemen And Players'                    Zx

Wearing a tweed and twills, one would
scoff in a bar in St. Moritz

Cavalry Twills                            Zx                      

Noting me in a pair of jeans,
my mother would order up twills

On Hampstead Heights   Zx

Sunbathing on my favourite
tomb, a rectangle in the hills


At Monticello Mount           Zx

Jefferson had the one copy
in America of Palladio

Sir Harold Acton Firenze 1970      Zx


Lowell came to dinner last night
He wrote of a British fairy

Duino Castle 1947

My parents given a master
bedroom. Rilke walked a rampart

The Battle of The Arun Valley         Zx

The many things happened; they think
the story can be denied

Jean Stewart on 60's Cambridge      Zx

The invasion of cannabis
a KGB plot. She rang 5

'Le silence eternel de ces espaces'

L' abime est moi  threatened Pascal
French master of the glacial


Baudelaire (for T.S. Eliot)

Feared the bat-wing of insanity
flapping around a room, cloud-free

Edited From Swinburne

He, of the hounds of spring, running
for the Thracian ships: vigil


Ex. Swinburne 2

A hoof-ed heal of a satyr

and Pan by noon, Bacchus by night

The Nikita Chute (for Nikita)

A hole in the floor, down you go
and which way for Sara Paco

Nikita Series 1             Zx

The catastrophe to avert
is the invasion of Iraq


Chatham House 3                Zx

Sir Richard Dearlove, it may be
time to pass the fireside port

Chatham PA (lent for the night)

I like women young in nipple-
firming muslin, and faint jean-cloth

The Basil Street Hotel           Zx

In the old days, one might retire
to a room on the upper floor

Tales Of The Parrot Club       Zx
  

They drank to ripe avocado

with imperial bravado

The Davos Conspiracy

Paving the way for the ski-rich,
the uber over the unter

The Elitist Savage Lenin             Zx

For, just the Communist five per
cent, who drove a stolen Rolls Royce

From Princess Paley (1916-1919)    Zx

Lenin, driving our Embassy
Rolls Royce, was held up and carjacked

The Sicilian Muses (Hybla)           

Theocritus, the first writer
of pastoral Sicilian

On Mount Hybla (for Virgil)       

Honey and thyme on the mountain
gave succour to the wry shepherd


White Cliffs Of Dover             Zx

Tired of the hanging gardens,
all that orchid beauty, sprinklers

Approaching Modern Kent            Zx

On my last ferry journey back
I saw the pall of orange smog


Brechtian                                 Zx

The resonant and ringing rhymes
the lyric voice of the people

Piled High                 

Lovely, the cumuli, as if
on The Cornish Riviera

Ithaca                       

Pale, the Nereids in a cavern
at their altars, river sea-foam

Neo-Egyptian                            Zx

The fangsterati, blood dripping
from their talons, plan a new heist


Chinese Whisper Land    Zx

Speak of the wrong opinion
taken away in a wagon


Morning Glory (for Alison)     Zx

Our campanula, a riot
of light purple cinquefoil

Lumpenproletariat                 Zx    

They snack on a sofa all day
watching their wide-screen TV play

For 'fantastisko skonio' Rita 

You fry roundels of cut garlic
chopped carrot lying alongside

Minority Report              

Beneath glass, someone is clipping
a rare plant, one of the few left

Literate Remaining                       Zx

Beyond the gravel, jittery
beyond repair, the mind-scrambled


Banned Patrician (for Hurd)      Zx

The clipped tone of authority
to rule can no longer be heard

New Armageddon    

Wild boar, entering old Rome
bite, terrifying the canine

Catholic Hegemony              Zx

Once, every Church in the land
was Roman Catholic. Pre break


Recusant Rule                  Zx

We demand a Parish Vespers
for everyone, after school

'Le Banquet Celeste' (Messiaen)      

On an abstract plane, to the left
and to the right, a broadening

The Virgin Mary (Ash Wednesday) Zx

Stared at for a quarter hour
she can appear to be alive

Dry The Bones      

A wind in the sail, yet low 
on calcium, weevils nibble

The Dunciad Gang (after Pope)      Zx

They race to the bottom, culting
failure and mediocrity

Bach Cantatas         

They, the sound of heaven singing
and an ecstasy in Leipzig

Brecht: The Last Summer            Zx

You cannot have a land with just
workers and peasants, the man said

The White-Painted Cell       Zx

All very neat and orderly
the cell painted for the Stasi

Pietist                                  Zx

There, an unshackled prisoner
might kneel and pray with Luther

The Period Line                Zx

Amnesia in Brandenburg
is leaching the mausoleum

The Church v. The Wall (1989) Zx

High in a spire, a preacher
did evoke God as the teacher

Denounced To The Card Index   Zx

A whisper anger, born of hate
in a neighbour could penetrate

Wychwood In Die Walde   Zx

Walking a path long after dark
I can hear the crunch of snails

Political Prisoner   

Near to death, with scarlet fever
in both hands, he feared a cracking

The Former East Germany     Zx

Well: MI7 thought the old G-
DR 'kept the lid on the place'

Survivor Hermetic                        Zx

Marry young, and trust the girl
and sleep-talk will not betray you

Ex. Ostpreussen                   Zx

Countess Marion von Doenhoff
6. Unesco her Friedrichstein

Ex. Huchel On Der Treck         Zx

Nearing a cold village, the sound
of tethered dogs a howling wall

Formerly Prussian Baroque                Zx

Schloss Finkenstein und Schlobitten;
Schlodien. The Rot Red Army

In 1947: By Evelyn Bark        Zx

B.R.C.S. Joan was ordered
to Pomerania, a Countess


Evelyn Bark CMG OBE               Zx

Had an office in Kensington
and instructed my mother there


Attached To The BAOR                      Zx

Joan's favourite health spa was Baden-
Baden, which they went to often

My Parent's Travel Otherwise            Zx

Monchengladbach to Hannover
then to Munster, in the Vanguard

At 20 Bergertorwall Herford        Zx

Their cross cook remained a Nazi.
I had a gaunt English pramster

In Her Last Week      Zx

The happiest time, my mother
said was, though, out in Malaya

Sandy High Garden Terrace           Zx

Evening primrose, forget-me-nots
became her view of The South Downs

By The Northern Ramparts   

I, suddenly in Sicily
again, loved the Parish Baroque

In The Lady Side-Chapel   

Christ the open-armed said to me:
treasure your villa and garden

Facing North Africa      

The sea-front bleak at Marsala
and Trapani, a sun blazing

Bright Gela Morning    

In the main square, every man
over fifty at outdoor chess

Lemons Against Scurvy        Zx

Much of Sicily a lemon
orchard, for The Royal Navy

After Stalingrad, Manstein     Zx

Saner Goebbels with Ribbentrop
asked Hitler to pax with Stalin

France In Part Saved    Zx

By colonial militia
landing on the Riviera

Autumn Couplets                       Zx

A dull sky today, and a pair
of yellow-green leaves on the path

Where is Lady Caroline?           Zx

Well, she cannot be on the beach
in Biarritz, slim and sun-toned

For Caroline St. Claire-              Zx

What Chateau are you in tonight?
I imagine your bedchamber

The Sun King At Versailles         Zx

The Mortemart women amused:
'their lazy, languishing voices'

'As Some Coy Nymph'

Wild corn, in Windsor Forest
is to be found, in the Sylvan

Windsor Forest v. Canto IV        Zx

Really, Ezra Pound, such a debt
to Pope, and his the greater work

Banned Albion Writer            Zx

Banned from the big print media
and from a BBC screening

At The Graveside

After the fallen leafy lanes
a robin, her smile, and bouquets

The Couplets                            Zx

They, designed for the TV screen
and a round table on
 Newsnight

Digital Daze                             Zx

Or, should one say haze? and people
are living in their toxic smog

Sacred Artificial Intelligence     Zx

The Holy Communion wafer
is Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God

Anglo-Saxon Ditty                  Zx

Rome ist Roma, Romana-burg
sunne aefre of die Mynster

Brim-fugel (Sea-bird)                Zx

Brim-fugel, brim-cald in brim-bliss
haefst bitter breostceare, cald

Christendom                                    Zx

ist cristen-dom and cristen.
God ist god; palm-twig, passion, Crist.

Haerfest Sang                               Zx

Somor sunne for sunn-beam and sun-
bearo, to rip and rip-tima

Ides (Girl) for Alison                    Zx

Eall-wealdend, eall-gylden
die ides of die gred and die grene

Mondeo Man                           Zx

Where in the world does he live?
tied to the diurnal, neon

Mondeo Man 2                           Zx

Before him came Volkswagen man
pioneered by Hitler for 'bahn

Mondeo Men                       Zx

Miniature, stand for nothing
but the uncool Neanderthal

Jean Stewart On May 1940         Zx

I walked through the men of Dunkirk
bled at Victoria Station

BBC Censorship           Zx

Here, a Catholic denial
of sodomy: denied by all

The Nazi Katyn              Zx

They had a list of two thousand
thinkers in Albion, to kill

Automne

Il y a un peu de soleil
dans le jardin, et les nuages

Sur Le Terre Cuite Terrasse

J'ai eu le plaisir de sieger
avec les chats ce beau matin

Sur le Pont d'Avignon

Fiona a chante cette chanson;
j'ecoute de sa mort sous le pont

Vents Froid

C'est froid ce jour maintenant
et le temps passe lentement

Albion Mort

Tout etre fou en Angleterre
avec pas de culture ou sens

1916: Pour Verdun

Les Rosbifs etaient tres sanglant
dans le grand boueux de La Somme

Nostalgie De La Boue

Pourquoi, pour le poete maudit?
apres les gros rats dans la rue

Bats Mentale

Les chauvre-souris en Baudelaire
battre, attaquant son sante

Surviving Surveillance

Never talk, text or e-mail
and just go for a country walk

The Sortie

You leave the mobile telephone
back at the house, head for thick trees

Encrypting Self

The true you must remain hidden
and think of old East Germany

Liberation De Midi

Le soleil libre de l'arbre
est dans le milieu de l'azur

Angst

Gott! Mein Gott! ist da en Heimat
in die Wald und Thüringen?

Wanderte Ritte

Doenhoff verboten Friedrichstein
trecked zu Hamburg von Ostpreussen

November 11th 2019 or, 11 11

nota bene:

'On every side,/spaces, the bat-wing
of insanity' from Le Gouffre (The Abyss)
by Baudelaire from 'Imitations' (1971)
by Robert Lowell. There are 14 of them
and they are excellent.

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all composed by Christopher Truman who has
the persona of a Lord Rokeby on Facebook
and/or The Ornamental Hermit (c. the 18th c.)
for www.sundialzen.com and eventual storage
on Jpeg image files for future generations

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     SUNDIAL TEXT
     EVOCATIONS

Vinegar Vignette

No elbows on the table
or sloping arms, bronzed marching

Combatant

White-plated rhodium
she loved the odium
living in The Fourth Reich.
I said, no: The Fifth Reich 

and the half-track as large
by the flagged podium
to a smart pounding band

The Combed Spun Plumage

will be as fine as that of a pheasant
sunning on the Dome of The Trinity.
Below, the ashen peasant kneeling

Lyric

Her golden hair
a blonde breeze
(sunlit temple)
her lips, a peach
a rivulet
in Sicily:
blood orange
tongue sinewy
lemon olives

At Selinunte

remembering the carnage
of the Punic Wars, grappling
and red dismembering
to the fate of Carthage, I saw
the march of the elephants
and the death of monuments

The Blooded Sheet

Cherry picking, a fruit too far
in the grove of the marauder

the broad balcony of his villa
above the dusty village square

     Inauguration Day 2060

Horseman, interred in the statue!
and carbonised. The Republic
summons to lit screens green 
underground (written on the hoof)
on an epic inauguration day
for a much later President Ike.
Snow is falling like a fatal ash
and the hunger games are over
in too many a wired province.
The disfigured, barbed to caves,
prefiguring a genetic late DNA
disorder are sent to quarantine
by those still able to ration night
from day and find love in the stars.

Dark the 'Cyclonic zero of the Word'

The Quadriga

For the bridles charging ost
sky widening above the chariot
to an epic proportion

blitzed blue in a Preussen mania
despite the cornflower

Deep South Fan

Bourbon in the back porch
afloat on jagged rocks
beats camomile on the lawn
and it is a long way
whistling, to New Orleans

The soldiers had to march
to a drumming, drumming

Umbra, Carpe Diem

The golden evening sunlight
failing on tatty dry leaves
and scaly tree-trunk, given a glow
could be from an Ode by Horace

lamenting a passing, the dawn
like golden-stone maybe the last

Ut Pictura Poesis

'As with the painter's work,
so with the poet's' wrote Horace
and 'Concordia discors'

Atque inter silvas Academi
quaerere verum. Vita summam
brevis. O magna Carthago!


In Schlesien or, Silesia

A curvy figurine, her pert breasts
scorched in the spring of rapine
and pillage, sashays blackened
by a mown carriage drive verge
and now, a summer grandeur lawn
open with two banded deck chairs
ready as for a county tea in England
opens you into a novel by V. Woolf
yet, here you are far away in Silesia
and in a late afternoon laurel shade
they linger and bark, like ravenous
stray dogs and there can be amnesia
in a sunlit Poland and East Germany.
Where is lithe cartwheeling Sashen?
Was she born in Austria-Hungary?
A terrible beauty, and flaking roses
and you wonder: was there croquet
ever, on the lawn, to Earl Grey tea?

Ypres Wipers

The futility of war?..
The enemy at the gate
firing for a channel port

Cobra Alert

The ardour core of Albion,
bitten, not up to function
war buttons winking on red

The Menin Gate

They trumpet for eternity
at eight every evening
the coffered vault echoing

De Stock at Messines

Major mining engineer
Stokes inspected three craters
after blowing the fort ridge

At Duino Castle Trieste

At the war's end, my father
became aide-de-camp to General
Airey at Duino Castle
where Rilke had walked the parapet
and they both studied Tito.
In Military Intelligence,
examining a villa
my father fell in love with a girl
in hiding in a basement.
They had an affair in Italy

My Father, Dick

His parents dead, their mansion
'Thornthwaite' in Shanghai far gone
to hoodlums playing billiards
in Regie's favourite room
and his 'spy' sister Nancy
dead after playing tennis
in the war near the Lido
in Brook Cottage, cause of death
unknown, my father, rather
alone had but sister Kit
living in partitioning 
India, until forced home
to dividends in Hampshire
with Digby, who left her
for a Sharon in Basildon
and a boat pram in the hall

Papyrus Scroll Delivery

The read poem is horizontal
but deep text online is vertical
though either at a slight angle.
Catullus is a wall of Latin;
for Horace, the chariot roadway

EU President Macron

wants to reinvent Franconia
incorporating Lotharingia
by way of remembering Verdun
and for reparation from Preussen
though Napoleon did invade them

The Jealous Reich

From Rome to London to New Delhi
which is why Berlin

The Albion Catastrophe

The lying political class brain dead
for a drear people largely unread
rarely wanting to get out of bed
and the starving many go unfed
a multitude paralysed with dread
to the sound of dark wings overhead
leaving rats to the unexpected

Mansion Report

Admiring the weather with Lady
Bingham, the red-eyed scavengers off
her tennis court, sunny with scudding
cumuli, a clothed statue blowing
a pan pipe or horn, we went indoors
to hear a secret harpsichord keyed
for the few in an ochre-dun room
by bare Bach, a Louis Marchand

Brandenburg Jingle Jangle

Her harpsichord was of a batch
once pleasuring the King of Prussia
in 1769, over time
with a unique plectrum sonority.
He much wanted to conquer Saxony

after Silesia, his Bavaria, for which
Prussia had to win a third war
and defeat the whirl of Vienna

The Sunday Express 1930s

He had a centre page column
on many a Sunday morning
merrily posted from Berlin

In July 1866

Prussia, armed with a faster loading
rifle at The Battle of Koniggratz
beat Austria and Saxony
in one day. Forty thousand died
despite the Austrian cavalry.
Prussia won control of Germania

a torch passed from Vienna to Berlin
deciding the fate of Europa. Did
they laugh in the clubs of London?
They were worrying about India

Club Talk

There may be another pork Mutiny
and a further Lucknow. We may
need to order troops with Calcutta
in a tremendous hurry. We need

a submarine telegraph cable route
Bombay-Aden-Suez for the 1870
British-Indian Cable on to Malta
and then to Gibraltar for Cornwall
beneath the hazardous Bay of Biscay

The Radetzky March

To be a cavalry officer
mounting, the only smart way of life

In July 1870

The Viceroy of India, being at Simla
for the summer linked by telegraph
with the President of the USA
a message taking but forty minutes.

Lord Mayo engaged with his wife
in Piccadilly London in nine minutes
from the Himalayas in our hot Raj
after a laying of the submarine cable

making it easier to guide Singapore
and one day, Australia, New Zealand

Lektion Fur Lande

They are for elocution,
deportment, German gym
for many have to thin down;
the proles and the trolls can hymn

in The Church of Hallelujah
fearing a fine for Dada.
Watching Strictly Come Dancing
can earn a briar flogging.

In our Germany, Ovid
is to be read in English.

Stroking The White Linen

She moved into him, stroking
on to the oceanic
and he went sailing her sea

War Footing

You turn down the media
and concentrate and listen
to the silence. All bets ur
with disinformation sent

byte packing to Switzerland
for decrypting over lunch.
In a teak hall a gloved hand
to alarm those in a hunch

The Battle of Cullodon

I thought: Scotland, our Silesia
sniffing the daphne odora

Coda: Albion Year Zero

With a nation gone feral
and failure in big pharma
we need an Adenauer
for a CDU, rival

to those for 'a police state'
grinding their teeth all the night
as if for a Gestapo
to call and bang a blow-blow

The Most Terrifying

Are these the new Brownshirts?
They are half digital
yet, loping, half feral
loving Zombie heaven
but with less dignity

The Text Editor

He lived in North-Rhine Westphalia
young, his father a British Officer
of The British Army of the Rhine
in a cavalry regiment observing

the lancer at the ready, their job
to harry the Soviet wagon-trains
after airborne invasion in WWIII
bound for Antwerp and Rotterdam

the capture of a factory intact

Casus Belli for Barnier

Albion is guilty of the torture
of a Catholic, and multiple breaches
of The European Human Rights Act
The Break with Rome a catastrophe
propelled by the Virgin Queen

The Serjeant-at-Arms can arrest her
for contempt of Parliament

The Law of St. Dominic's

Albion is still a Province of Rome
(Shakespeare, a closet Catholick)
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Christopher Truman and sundial zen


His work has principally be seen as creating Zen narratives, loci or aids for meditation, a metaphysical 'storyboard' even. Finding a zen at Selinunte, Cathay can venn the neo-Platonic. In a group of prints, he mediates certain motifs in Vermeer; with another, creates a parallel parallel world to explore. A virtual infinity is quested.


Christopher Truman
started his groups of prints with experimental Image Text arrays. The work now lives much in counterpoint to his poetry, reflective of many journeys
 
                                       















               

 
        




   
 

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