ArtiPeeps’ Weekend Showcase: James Knight (Poet)

1 Feb

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself

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JAMES KNIGHT

When the Bird King Died

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When the Bird King died the world fell asleep. The clawed words he’d cawed from his craw scratched at our dreams.

When the Bird King died the trees shed their plumage amidst a sobbing storm.

When the Bird King died the shop window mannequins laughed and tore off their clothes.

When the Bird King died the kettles sang a tea-time dirge. The milk curdled in contempt.

When the Bird King died the sea and sky swapped places. A flock of fish shimmered over a coral cloud.

When the Bird King died the ants turned on the anteater, ate him from the inside out.

When the Bird King died the world fell under the yoke of Childhood. From whispering huddles, toddlers issued bloody decrees.

When the Bird King died leaves became flames. Forests were lakes of fire, from which scorched birds shrieked, falling upwards into clouds.

When the Bird King died fridges turned on their masters, guzzling the hand groping for butter, the fingers feeling for wine.

When the Bird King died the loners and the losers and lovers became pupae. Everyone else fretted over the imminent mass metamorphosis.

When the Bird King died people wrote poems about daisychains and a girl’s eyes and I love you and life is short. They’d learned nothing.

When the Bird King died the world continued to turn. Trains ran on time. People died in wars. Old ladies farted in floral armchairs.

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The Birth of the Bird King by James Knight. Used with Kind Permission

The Birth of the Bird King by James Knight. Used with Kind Permission

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I make bad dreams in the form of poems, stories and pictures.

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I am a member, with acclaimed author Jeff Noon, of experimental writing group @echovirus12

I am the bad, bad poet

Website: http://thebirdking.com/

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2 Responses to “ArtiPeeps’ Weekend Showcase: James Knight (Poet)”

  1. http://wlimail.com March 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

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    • ArtiPeeps March 24, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      Dear Carol, I’m so glad you enjoyed James’ Weekend Showcase, and thank you for saying what you said about the site. It’s jam-packed with wonderful creatives who have taken up our opportunities and collaborations, which is always a thrill for me. So do come back and explore. Your support and interest is valued. Also, if you’d like to participate do get in touch.

      Thanks so much.

      All good wishes,
      Nicky

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