‘Warmth and Wickedness’ Act 1/5 : Transformations Poems (Book 3)

7 May


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


Poems Inspired by Book 3



Nat Hall and John Austin Brooks



by Nat Hall


Give Narcissus a campervan.


Let his eyes meet the rear visor, stories untold

about real self – swallow endless miles of

tarmac when, after dusk,

no disco but ballroom


immaculate as

the White Wife – the one who

hitches for stories

in this theatre


walls –

glide among stars.


Stories taller than Jupiter’s.


In the name of the shape shifter,

now experience

the intimate:

jump inside the battered Volvo,

re-tell your tale for


joyride, pleasure

to the tenant who outgrows death

from post-epic-apo-cataliptic car…

Feel hitchers’ hearts

inside your shirt.

They will



like oracles –


quest for milk jug,

gnome, skimming stones,

open your door,

or face punishment on roadside.


you’ve journeyed

through the unknown,

unleash your dogs and kill the snake.

And when that white hooded figure unveils herself

from her long cloak,

don’t be afraid to

brandish her your best China.


And remember the campervan.


© Nat Hall 2013



Are we not all in search of someone or something? 

by John Austin Brooks


Are we not all in search of someone or something?

A loved one pushed or torn away

Absence, a black hole to the group

Tugging at emotions, guilt

Hurt, a vacuum remains

The enthusiasm of the search decays

As the counting of nights and dawns yield little meaning

Alien abodes take on an uncomfortable familiarity

Re-disbursing energies to other goals, other relationships

And one is left undiscovered

Identify, the skin of a reptile

Dust, a fleeting memory

The possible, flattened to the impossible

Unimportant, forgotten

Lives are to be lived, they are what they will be

Though not always free

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


You can find more about Nat and John and their work here:

Nat Hall:



John Austin Brooks:





One Response to “‘Warmth and Wickedness’ Act 1/5 : Transformations Poems (Book 3)”

  1. susanoreillynee May 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on susanburns1968 and commented:
    Hi was meant to me a poet on this project but became very ill maybe through nerves I’ m a shy poetess and bit worried about being good enough hopefully in time I’ll get over that but I’m reading the poems and their brilliant x

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