Behemoth rising, you 
Cover the sun like a temple 
Empty; your concrete corridors sing  
Silence. 
Over the water 
Canary Wharf winks at you 
You stare back, huge and impassive 
Blind men  
Touched your vast grey walls 
And pronounced you 
The elephant in the room 
Standing squat, spectral, ignored. 
Photo Courtesy of  Single Aspect’s housing blog

Behemoth rising, you

Cover the sun like a temple

Empty; your concrete corridors sing 

Silence.

Over the water

Canary Wharf winks at you

You stare back, huge and impassive

Blind men 

Touched your vast grey walls

And pronounced you

The elephant in the room

Standing squat, spectral, ignored.

Photo Courtesy of  Single Aspect’s housing blog

You scare me. Like the massive splats of pigeon shit, Green-grey and creamy on the Pavement, That make me nervously speed up My morning walk As I pass  Under The bridge

You scare me.
Like the massive splats of pigeon shit,
Green-grey and creamy on the Pavement,
That make me nervously speed up
My morning walk
As I pass
Under
The bridge

ALSO! Get your tickets to THIS as it’s gonna be a killer. Me and McNish? It’s gonna be off the leash, capiche?
NB. I may wear the spandex unitard again.

ALSO! Get your tickets to THIS as it’s gonna be a killer. Me and McNish? It’s gonna be off the leash, capiche?

NB. I may wear the spandex unitard again.

This week I’ll be appearing as a special guest at the Aisle 16 boys’ wonderful literary club night, Homework. The theme is transport, with John Osborne and Luke Wright doing a scratch reading from their new show Where The Railways Were. I shall be talking about TFL and dogs. Some bits of me talking shall rhyme. Hurrah
Do come along! Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Wednesday, 7:30pm.

This week I’ll be appearing as a special guest at the Aisle 16 boys’ wonderful literary club night, Homework. The theme is transport, with John Osborne and Luke Wright doing a scratch reading from their new show Where The Railways Were. I shall be talking about TFL and dogs. Some bits of me talking shall rhyme. Hurrah

Do come along! Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Wednesday, 7:30pm.

travelbetterlondon:

Year 7 English students in this north London school have written poems for our #TravelBetterLondon campaign. http://tfl.gov.uk/travelbetterlondon

Their teacher, Miss Emma Jones, is one of thirteen London poets who helped bring ‘poetiquette’ to travellers across the network in October. Now, she’s got her students involved.


It turns colder Coats are pulled tight Around chests, around shoulders
The dizzying detail of lives being lived The million little glances  The infinite number of chances
Every beach has many special pebbles  Every heart has its vastness

It turns colder
Coats are pulled tight
Around chests, around shoulders

The dizzying detail of lives being lived
The million little glances
The infinite number of chances

Every beach has many special pebbles
Every heart has its vastness

What’s the collective noun for poets? Anyway here are quite a few of them promoting the Roundhouse’s Spoken Word festival, The Last Word, via the wonderful Jess Green’s poem, “Tell Me Stories”.

Me at Hit The Ode last month. Photo courtesy of @CorrosiveDucky

Me at Hit The Ode last month. Photo courtesy of @CorrosiveDucky

I wrote this in a few minutes for the staff at Highbury and Islington tube station, who told me tales of rude and unappreciative commuters… They got me to record it and played it over the tannoy every few minutes!
They’re Always There
The gate-keepers
 Early risers,
Not late-sleepers
 From 5AM they’re here
At Highbree n’Is
In their Hi-Vis
Shining clear
So when you ask them for directions,
Or to beep you through a section
Even when late, when huge crowds flank you,
Remember to say please and thank you.

I wrote this in a few minutes for the staff at Highbury and Islington tube station, who told me tales of rude and unappreciative commuters… They got me to record it and played it over the tannoy every few minutes!

They’re Always There

The gate-keepers

 Early risers,

Not late-sleepers

 From 5AM they’re here

At Highbree n’Is

In their Hi-Vis

Shining clear

So when you ask them for directions,

Or to beep you through a section

Even when late, when huge crowds flank you,

Remember to say please and thank you.

travelbetterlondon:

Unseen by Emma Jones, performed at South Kensington Tube station

My video: Unseen

While I’m uploading videos, here’s a link to the film we made last year for Random Acts on Channel 4,  featuring my year 11 GCSE drama class. This was via the wonderful people at Bang said The Gun and The Mob Film company.

Dir. Mark Chaudoir.

This was the original introductory video, by Chris Bevan Lee and Dom Baker.

My TFL #travelbetterlondon poem, “Unseen”. This was filmed at South Kensington tube, in one take and it was the first time I’d performed it! Film by Chris Bevan Lee.

Meet the Poets - Travel Better London - YouTube

This is a video featuring most of the poets working on the TFL travel better London campaign. Some are poets in residence at tube stations, some (like me) are “pop-up” poets appearing at various stations. So far this has involved mad dashes across London, leaving school and popping on my TFL t-shirt in my superhero-style change…

  • This Thursday! Stand Up and Slam. Last week, at the launch, poetry beat comedy. Can we hold onto the title against heavyweight hitters such as Thom Tuck (whose ‘Straight-to-DVD’ show I saw at Edinburgh in 2011; it was hilarious), Sophie Hagen and Prince Abdi? Well, we DO have Tim Clare, unleashing Pub Stuntman and other dark furies, and the disarming, moving Vanessa Kisuule, so it’s gonna be a good fight. PLUS it’s on National Poetry Day.  Ding ding!
  • This Thursday! Stand Up and Slam. Last week, at the launch, poetry beat comedy. Can we hold onto the title against heavyweight hitters such as Thom Tuck (whose ‘Straight-to-DVD’ show I saw at Edinburgh in 2011; it was hilarious), Sophie Hagen and Prince Abdi? Well, we DO have Tim Clare, unleashing Pub Stuntman and other dark furies, and the disarming, moving Vanessa Kisuule, so it’s gonna be a good fight. PLUS it’s on National Poetry Day.  Ding ding!
  • This Thursday! Stand Up and Slam. Last week, at the launch, poetry beat comedy. Can we hold onto the title against heavyweight hitters such as Thom Tuck (whose ‘Straight-to-DVD’ show I saw at Edinburgh in 2011; it was hilarious), Sophie Hagen and Prince Abdi? Well, we DO have Tim Clare, unleashing Pub Stuntman and other dark furies, and the disarming, moving Vanessa Kisuule, so it’s gonna be a good fight. PLUS it’s on National Poetry Day.  Ding ding!

This Thursday! Stand Up and Slam. Last week, at the launch, poetry beat comedy. Can we hold onto the title against heavyweight hitters such as Thom Tuck (whose ‘Straight-to-DVD’ show I saw at Edinburgh in 2011; it was hilarious), Sophie Hagen and Prince Abdi? Well, we DO have Tim Clare, unleashing Pub Stuntman and other dark furies, and the disarming, moving Vanessa Kisuule, so it’s gonna be a good fight. PLUS it’s on National Poetry Day.  Ding ding!