Question & Answer 2 – Amanda Butler

Question 2

Have you tread Clemo from the claypits?
I lived under the shadow of industry
and the shadow of industrial hate.
If I had read Murakami
beside the china clay museum
I’m sure things would’ve taken
a surreal turn.
……..There would’ve
……..been a cat
……..a cat
……..cats
……..and a boy
……..who hates
……..his life.
……..……..And I’m sure we would’ve listened to Jazz.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 2

Still
to read the imprints in the clay –
though I have looked in the eyes
of the Korl Woman –
hungry –
in this world, I could be arrested
for feeding her.
Whether she sits in refuse
or a cubicle with never enough staples –
still
saxophone solos sing of starving iron.

– Amanda Butler

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