Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during the tail end of the winter and on into summer. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page⇓).
I lived in a broken-down house
which for a long time I tried to mend:
wielded tools I couldn’t name and
sweat away whole fucking days.
but it crumbled faster than I could patch it together
and as soon as I stopped working
it laughed at me:
a cellar-deep rumble.
from then on when slates fell off the roof
I just listened to them smash.
and when the central heating packed in
I put on a coat.
curtain rails are crooked
wallpaper peels from walls
colour’s leeched from carpets
winds whistle through cracked panes
despite which I smile and sing
smile and sing.
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below. Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout the spring and summer of 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I think that means mid-September.