Just to let you know that I’m working through the submissions. I’ve been inundated! It’s great reading all the poems, quite inspirational in fact. If you haven’t heard from me yet, then don’t worry, you will.
Anyway, here’s one from me, just to demonstrate the sort of things I do.
They’re all called ‘Poem’, by the way. I come up with the titles first, and then the poems just see, to write themselves.
You’ll like the countryside, she said,
There’s lots of scenery,
There’s lots of greenery.
There’s fields and trees and they’re all green,
Especially the evergreens,
The greenest evergreens you’ll ever see,
And there’s moss and dappled sun and rhododendrons,
And there’s villages and villages greens
And the village greens are green
And everyone eats their greens
And also some of the tractors are green.
But I like the city and there’s green here too.
The Starbucks logo is mostly green
And so is the fungus in the bus station.
And my friend Pete’s car is green
And so is the tie i was wearing yesterday,
And the traffic lights are occasionally green
And salt and vinegar crisp packets,
And the District Line is green
And it passes through Turnham Green
And even though the neon signs are multicoloured
You could probably turn em green
And in any case
People here are too busy eating donuts and hummus.
We frowned across the plastic
Bus station cafe table.
Her coat was green
And so was her luggage.
Tenderly, I asked,
Would you like some broccoli,
Just for the journey?
No thanks, she replied,
I’ve got an orange.
Robert Garnham is a spoken word artist originally from Surrey. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last three years, and at various festivals and performance poetry nights including Bang Said the Gun, Hammer and Tongue, Evidently and Jawdance. His first collection ‘Nice’ was published by Burning Eye Books and he was longlisted as Saboteur Awards Spoken Word Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He recently headlined at The Duplex in New York.