Algo Poetry-Behind the Lines

Perhaps a Bit of Shelley

permeates this work?

A Light Goes On’s sixth poem, minds it’s cues but mines it’s Ps.

They are everywhere-“Peeking, peaks, partially peripheral palisades, periscopic, (un) protected, pedestal, pariah, Pharaoh, pilgrim”.

This was the exercise that this work started with, how to get the sound of pursed lips to parade on the page.

The theme, inspired by “Ozymandius”, a text which I did not re-read before embarking on this journey, imagines no centuries passing and how one can build, then destroy and re-build the self again while relinquishing the ego.

“Old gold” monuments to the idea of the egoistic self are replaced by pilgrimage and in the ruins , our protagonist is saved from himself and the new and permanent is constructed-a soul, more solid that the statues that are sunk in the sands of a temporal life time.


My second collection, Unreconciled Doors, is the subject of Season 2 of the Algo Poetry-Behind the Lines podcast-follow it on your favourite podcast provider to listen along.


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