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Image courtesy of the Old Design Sop, a vintage image treasury.

Image courtesy of the Old Design Shop, a vintage image treasury.

In preparation
          for life’s many little pageants

We brush out our hair,
cut the dry, split ends,
straighten out the frizz.
We lather up our legs
and smooth out the bristle.
We take concealer to those rings beneath our tired eyes
and layer over the unhappy spots.
We tint tiny rainbows on our eyelids
and add a flick of Cleopatra’s kohl.
Heeled, contoured, groomed, composed,
we stage a tincture of our most come-hither selves.

Emily, sister and sweetheart of the modern boy, returns. Here she offers some observations about her sisters at their pre-seduction toilette.

This time last year, I gathered together twenty-five poems inspired by Emily, an ego de plume who communicates with the Modern Boy. Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys covers the broad topics of life, work and love. Preview it here.

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Books:
In the Ocean: a year of poetry
Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys
Shining in Brightness: Selected Poems, 1999 – 2012

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When I first posted this poem, it elicited some strong responses.

“Blatant manipulation. Far better to say what you mean.”

Ah! Love chess.

This poem, along with 24 others about life, love and the modern boy, are collected in my book Emily’s Poem for Modern Boys.

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Buzz.	
Ping. 
Hit.
Aaah!
‘Phone 
Coffee
Cigarettes 
Skin

High Dependency Units


Another quick read poem/ non-poem, which uses a list format.

See, gentlemen, poetry isn’t such an effort to read. And there’s so much more left of your day to do other things such as check your ‘phone, drink coffee, smoke and check some skin.

(The impressions for this piece came while I was sitting at a coffee shop watching the men come in, buy their espressos, sit outside with their cigarettes and then pour over their ‘phones. An ambulance, with the words ‘High Dependency Unit’ painted on its side, drove past.)

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Books:

My latest volume, based on my year-long 2×52 project, will be available at Blurb.co.uk in June. In the meantime, please preview my two other titles.
Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys
Shining in Brightness

Younger is a funny, joy-filled beast
whose appetite seeks charms 
and luscious treats,
yet he knows there is wide, wide world.
So, off he bleets 
once supped and full.

The older – add scores two, a half, minus ten –
knows this landscape of plenty
shifts by hurt and over time 
lithe limb and limber they pass, too.
So, his grasp, though no less fleeting,
strikes quick and fast, then dulled.
He’s done the nest 
and picket fence, or not. Older he
knows best how to feather his bed.

Younger and older have a brother
close to “just right”. He is 
the most wary and sniffs out 
the approach. He weighs options, 
juggles plates, sows oats 
and waits while life does
some marinating of wings, legs, 
thighs and breasts. Just right
can measure and asses. Take his pick
and then exit the marketplace.


There are the younger lads, the older men and the ones within a single woman’s own age-bracket. In the wake of Valentine’s Day, I present these brothers three who were, no doubt, out on the prowl last night.

I tweet as @BeadedQuill about my writing life, my interest in soft martial arts, dancing and the pleasures of arts and culture. Sometimes I share about my dating life on Twitter, but more often the experiences inspire poetry.

If you’re not on Twitter, perhaps you’d like to find BeadedQuill on Facebook instead.

In 2013 I brought out two books of collected poems. They are available through the print-on-demand site blurb.co.uk. Click on the titles below to preview each:

Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys – Twenty-five poems offering insights on life, love and work for the Modern Boy.
Shining in Brightness – Twenty poems and two essays on creative process charting a ‘mystical decade’ of writing. The author documents her experiences in four continents and across three life phases – as student, traveller and young adult.

Onto my raft of plaits
I shall step,
with dreams of Alsation-men.


This short poem dates from the last quarter of 2013 when I did indeed have a dream about a raft of plaits and Alsation-men. Perhaps it was a subconscious mash-up of my plaited rag rug  (A craft project that’s still incomplete!) and the beautiful dogs I see on my almost daily walks in a local wood.

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The books: Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys and Shining in Brightness 

Warning!

Deep Water

Green weed coats the pond.

Catkins tiptoe past the curtain leaves

here in the conservation area near the tennis courts.

“Should you see

anything particularly exciting

please tell us about it.,“

requests the London Borough of Camden, Nature Conservation Section.

“Well, I didn’t notice much

except,”

he turns,

“You,

delightful  thing.”

(he bent down to kiss her)

Ah! Water deep

(she kissed him back)

2011

Many readers really enjoy this poem, primarily because they believe it provides some insight about the poet (i.e. me). I suppose they make this leap because – at 1,47m  – I am quite small, like a little human huckleberry. As readers, we also like to overlay the narrator’s voice with that of the creator. I shall leave the fact to fiction ratio up to your imagination. At the end of the day, it is my hope that the poem works in capturing a moment in poetic form.

You can own this poem – and 19 others – when you purchase a copy of my first volume of selected work: SHINING IN BRIGHTNESS. Two explanatory essays accompany the poems. The beautifully formatted book is available through blurb.co.uk.

I am on Twitter as @BeadedQuill. I tweet about poetry, my ambles in London’s green spaces and at the moment, my online dating experiences. (I also tweet quite a bit about martial arts.)