‘Chaos A Raw and Undivided Mass’ Mass 4/4 : Transformations Poems (Book 1)

27 Mar

TRANSFORMATIONS

George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab

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Final 2 Poems Inspired by Book 1 

Featuring:

James Knight and Greg Mackie

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Bodies

by James Knight

> (bio)
>
> I
>
> I do
>
> I bid
>
> I bide
>
> I sob
>
> id
> so
> bed
>
> bed
> is…?
>
> I
> die
>
> so…
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>

CYCLE *

by Greg Mackie

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The time, before time,

Was light and dark and floating,

Cold and warm and soft,

Hard and loud and without sound.

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There was no “I”.

There was no “You”.

.

No separation,

No concept of separation,

Until my eyes learned to focus,

And when I saw that I was not you,

The world divided itself into opposites, and you gave them names.

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Hard, cold.

My foot on a surface that is not me.

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Soft, warm.

My hand touching skin that is not mine.

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Light, dark.

A smile, and then an absence of smiles.

*

The Golden Age was a hunger,

That never weakened my mind,

A thirst that never burned my throat.

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Honey, milk, fruits.

I did nothing, and I wanted for nothing.

*

The Silver Age was a desire for knowledge.

It enslaved and separated me from you.

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I learned of the seasons and I gave them names.

Thus the rivers flooded, and ran dry, and froze,

And the land became rocky and icy and hot.

.

I ploughed and grew thirsty in the heat.

*

The Bronze Age saw my first crime against my brother,

We became separate.

I named him “Enemy”.

*

And in  the Iron Age, I wandered,

Lost in a dark,

That was so much more,

Than just an absence of you.

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I stole.

I killed.

I raped.

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I walked on beaches of death-black sand, and I walked through villages of red.

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In the time after time,

I became separate from you,

And from the others,

And from myself.

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I named myself “Evil”.

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 * =One of the poems to be included in our Transformations’ Exhibition/Poetry reading September 2014, Hanse House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

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To find out more about James’ and Greg’s work:

James Knight:

http://thebirdking.com/

https://twitter.com/badbadpoet

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Greg Mackie:

 http://frenzyofflies.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/FrenzyOfFlies

 

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