It’s the perfect Halloween gift…to make ME smile, anyway!
My box-fresh e-book, Haiku of the Dead has landed… containing pithy advice on surviving the rise of the zombies… and top tips like this!
Coming on Amazon TOMORROW …A Halloween treat… It’s my new book, HAIKU OF THE DEAD!
Further details to follow… very exciting!
Yes, that’s right, Halloween’s coming, so it’s time to talk zombies… And the value for money in this post is incredible. Not one, but two, yes a whole two!, zombie items to share!
First up is a plug… long time readers may remember an A to Z challenge I completed some time ago, on the theme of surviving the zombie holocaust…in haiku form… Well, I’ve written a bunch of new ones and collected them all together, and will be publishing these on Amazon IMMINENTLY (ie when I get a spare few hours in the next week) as … THE HAIKU OF THE DEAD….
Here’s the cover reveal, for those who like that sort of thing…
And to whet your appetite for all things zombie, here is a NEW zombie poem. Over a few drinks in a bar, I joked to some fellow poets that most of my stuff in my first collection was either about cats or zombies… so they challenged me to write about zombie cats… This was the result. I hope you like it. 🙂
Zombie Pet Store
Went down to the zombie pet store
To pick myself a pet
(There’s not the widest choice of these,
So you take what you can get)
A zombie goldfish seemed too lame:
I wanted something cooler!
Some creature that could scare my sis,
Lure her in and fool her…
A zombie guinea pig could be fun
With their amped-up feral nature.
As long as it’s fed some daily flesh,
It’s never gonna hate ya…
Or a zombie hamster spinning ‘round
Within its blood-stained wheel?
Perhaps a zombie bunny
Trying to make you its next meal?
Zombie dogs are a big no-go:
Too strong to be man’s best friend.
Even with a muzzle on,
Spot will eat you, in the end.
But zombie cats? That’s where it’s at,
On this, can we agree?
They’ve the same sense of superiority
And indifference to humanity
Although the purring and the miaowing
Is now more like …growling
After brutal night-time killing sprees,
There’s the same old midnight howling!
So, it’s time to make your choice:
Buying a zom-pet is no game.
But whether a cat’s alive or undead,
Its behaviour’s just the same!
This is possibly the poem I am most (in)famous for, here in Nottingham… I’ve included the video of me performing this at the Jam Cafe earlier this month too 🙂
It started as a joke
Then grew into a dare
It *may* have been the alcohol
When I agreed to wear
… the mankini
Now, for those who do not know,
A mankini’s quite the thing
(Picture me in a posing pouch
Pulled up tight with bright green string)
My abs are long since absent
The six pack’s more a barrel
And without getting into fat shaming
There’s too much padding in this saddle
… the mankini
It barely hides my wedding tackle
But bares the rest for all
All this hairy flesh, all this…
And an unmanly spread … of balls
You see, I’ll never be a swordsman
No Don Juan legendary lover.
If your body’s a lethal weapon,
I’m more like Danny Glover.
But a dare’s a dare and that’s that
You’ve got to live by a code.
Well, you’ve got to tell yourself something
When your ass cheeks are on show…
So, a distinctive Halloween outfit…
But it’s not easy trick or treating
On a cold, dark night in autumn
With cock and balls retreating!
Liked this? Why not treat yourself to a copy of a whole book! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192658522744
I know I’ve been quiet on here for some time now… well, for the last couple of months I’ve been pulling together my first collection of poetry, flash fiction and short stories – THE LANE LESS TRAVELLED !
This collection is unlike anything else you will have seen… A warm and witty mix of poetry and flash/short fiction, that will make you think, make you laugh, make you cry… And most of all, make you wonder, “what exactly is wrong with this guy???”
Take a walk along the lane less travelled, where you will encounter alien snails, mankini trick or treaters, sexy pets, naked ghosts, and everyday love and heartbreak… along with essential advice for modern dads! Contains adult (childish) humour.
I’d be absolutely stoked if you’d buy a copy… it is £7.50 to UK, £11 to US/Canada (I’ll post anywhere in the world)… Just drop me a PM with your email address 😊 or if you prefer the impersonal approach, it’s on eBay here.
I am planning a whole series of collections now, some through traditional self-publishing (as this one was, produced by a local printer) and others through e-publishing. So get in early before so you can say you bought my stuff before the inevitable Elvis in Vegas days arrive! (Better be quick – I’ve already got the waistline for it 🙂 )
A golden shovel takes an existing short poem, and uses every word as the end of each line for a new poem
Watermelons, by Charles Simic
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.
Golden Shovel, after Charles Simic “Watermelons”
I lazed on the lawn, summer green
Calm and peaceful, an urban Buddha
Eyes closed, nothing on
My mind, just enjoying the
Moment, this day, this sun, the fruit
Of nature. Feeling its rays, I stand,
Arise without thinking, realising we
Are one; nature, earth, people; we eat
Of the soil and feed the
Soil; reaping what we sow, every smile
Breeding a dozen more, joy spreading and
Growing, an infection of hope that spits
On salty pavements, letting out
The poison of doubt, and the
Self-constraints of “can’t”, through newly-revealed teeth.
For those who hadn’t already noticed through other channels, I’ve put a couple of videos of my poetry performances up on YouTube, and have more to drip-feed out over the coming weeks.
I’d really appreciate it if you could check them out, maybe even subscribe to follow me on YouTube… if you like it, feel free to share!
This is the latest one I’ve uploaded. It’s my first ever live performance (aww!), at a Crosswords night in a cave in Nottingham (still my favourite place to perform). The first poem, Memory, has been rewritten substantially since this performance… one of the benefits of testing material in front of an audience. Hope you enjoy 🙂
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