Johnny Phantasmagoria

His photographic memory
Snaps it up, on the blink.
Nothing rings a bell
As he pulls the other one, and thinks;

He’s a pop star in his head
And never down on song.
Anything he wears gets worn-out
Before it catches on.

Everyone he sees gets drawn in.
His first impressions last.
His revolving bookcase cluttered up
With pencil faces rubbed on brass.

So, while the other schoolchildren
Shout out he’s a prat
He zigzags off towards the bike sheds
With a weather-cock on his cap.

Published by aprettykettleofpoetry

I was born in Oxford but grew up in Devon. Then I moved to Italy at 28 where, to cut a long story short, I've been teaching English. I've lived in Cagliari, Sardinia since 1995. For writing, I've been influenced by poets such as Phillip Larkin and WB Yeats and lately by Simon Armatage. However my first love is music and I’ve always paid particular attention to lyrics. I got a book of illustrated Beatles lyrics at 18 and that got me thinking to illustrate every poem I wrote. I liked that extra ingredient of something visual and have, by and large, illustrated any poem I’ve ever written since. I don't consider myself an artist so doing collages with paper, scissors and glue was a great way to cheat a bit! Sometimes I illustrate poems with photos, or drawings and watercolours, and recently a few oil paintings which is very dfficult! I've had exhibitions of my collages which has been an added bonus. These have been put together with poetry readings. I have read my poems and there are examples here, with my cat, Moony (named after Keith Moon). However, I much prefer Johnny Morris’ rendition of my poetry. There are examples of his readings here. I have written songs with Chicco Fresu which appear on this blog. He usually comes up with the music and then I fit the words and melody to it. I’m not a singer but we’ve recorded the songs because otherwise we would have forgotten how they went! First and foremost, I like writing. Everything comes from that. The main idea is that poetry always goes together with visuals, music and performance.

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