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The Interesting Case of Slow Harry

The last sounds drifting in the cold porridge of passersby, some of whom recalled a morning in developer’s fluid how sheathes of bark fell on the fence,

The Interesting Case of Slow Harry

 

No one can remember when Harry disappeared,

all of him, gnarled as a pruning scar growing over

by the wood pile. A grey thrush was singing

pirated tunes, a wren bobbed like a cork

a blue flash of magician’s footlight powder

hiding the splitter ceasing. The last sounds drifting

in the cold porridge of passersby, some of whom

recalled a morning in developer’s fluid how

sheathes of bark fell on the fence,

an image in reveal then shadows whistling

sheathes of bark fell on the fence,

cowled remembrance in the garnish pleat

between daylight saving and Greenwich mean time

touching from behind.

 

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James Walton
James Walton was a librarian, a farm labourer, and mostly a public sector union official. He is published in numerous anthologies, journals, and newspapers. His collections include 'The Leviathan's Apprentice' , 'Walking Through Fences', and 'Unstill Mosaics', and 'Abandoned Soliloquies'. He has been shortlisted for the ACU National Literature Prize, The MPU International Prize, Jupiter Artland, The James Tate Prize, The William Wantling Prize, and is a winner of the Raw Art Review Chapbook Prize.