The poems of Brian Bilston.

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:40 pm

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:29 pm

"ROYAL YACHT

Forgive me.

The royal yacht
was something
I had quite forgacht.

Too busy thinking
about those
who have
and have nacht."

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:11 pm

Yes, I've ordered it!
It is an objet d’art; a beautiful jacket, colourful endpapers, French flaps. Shame about the words inside but you can’t have everything, I suppose.
https://brianbilston.com/2016/09/07/you ... -update-2/

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:06 pm

The book arrived today, and it's the sort of thing which is wonderful just to dip into now and again. Here's a short poem which seems typical of some of his patterns.

You Can't Judge a Book

you can't judge a book
by its cover
but neither can
you cover a judge
with a book

unless the book
is a foldy-out one
with a map or something

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by chaggle » Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:13 pm

bindeweede wrote:The book arrived today, and it's the sort of thing which is wonderful just to dip into now and again. Here's a short poem which seems typical of some of his patterns.

You Can't Judge a Book

you can't judge a book
by its cover
but neither can
you cover a judge
with a book

unless the book
is a foldy-out one
with a map or something
Without meaning to be rude about it, I imagine it would be good by the loo.
Don't blame me - I voted remain :con

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:57 pm

Fair enough, but I have to say I enjoy his play with words, odd rhymes, non-rhymes and the short and long structures. Here's a short one not from the book, which just makes me smile.
Ex-limerick

There once was a man from Nantucket
who, tired of living in a lewd limerick,
upped sticks and resettled
in a piece of free verse,
just outside Chepstow.
And as he dislikes the Mail, 4x4s, Clarkson and Trump (and others), I'm happy to persevere. Here's a longer one, again, not from the book.
Halloween, 2016



This Halloween, I shall dress as the year 2016
and emit a frightful, fulgent sheen
from my orange-pumpkin-Donald-Trumpkin head.

I shall adopt the gait of Theresa May’s Living Dead,
and howl like a slithy Gove under a waxy moon.
My chest will be scarred with Brexit wounds.

I shall visit all doorsteps across this haunted land
with a leer on my face and a beer in my hand,
like a phantasmal, sharp-fanged Nigel Farage.

A dagger will be sticking out of my back
(the Severed Hand of Boris will still be attached).
And there, trailing behind me, poor fools,

will be the ghosts of the heroes you’d pinned to your walls,
all those pop stars and comics and actors
who filled up your lives with music and laughter.

Alongside them will be the bombed and the drowned,
the beheaded, the starved, the blown-up, the gunned-down,
from American nightclubs to Syrian towns.

So Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween!
If you’re not in when I knock, no fear;
I’ll be here all year.

PS. I wonder what his real name is.

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:32 pm

I am a devotee of Brian Bilston's poetry. I particularly like the short Twitter-length verses.

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:37 pm

And things like:

POEM FOR INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

never do yoga
dressed in a toga

always wear
a leotard

check first
it is not
a leopard

or your life
will be placed
in jeopard

y

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Tom_I » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:44 pm

And this quite extraordinary poem. As the author says, stay with it, and follow the instructions at the end.


REFUGEES

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

Brian Bilston

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Tony.Williams » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:12 am

Tom_I wrote:And this quite extraordinary poem. As the author says, stay with it, and follow the instructions at the end.
Brilliant! :thumb:

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Ketchup » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:11 pm

Tom_I wrote:And this quite extraordinary poem. As the author says, stay with it, and follow the instructions at the end.


REFUGEES

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

Brian Bilston
I like this. :thumb:
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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Tinkerbell » Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:33 pm

Brilliant! Love it!

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by bindeweede » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:36 pm

Brian Bilston on if English loses "EU".

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Re: The poems of Brian Bilston.

Post by Croydon13013 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:15 pm

I'm pleased that by starting this thread I've played a small part in spreading the word about BB but I'm also surprised that he hasn't achieved far greater fame and fortune yet.

I'm always mentioning and quoting him and have never met anyone else who is previously familiar with his work.
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