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By: Chris Bell  06-Dec-2011

I’ve always wanted to write about the topography of dreams but never quite knew how to describe it. This poem is a work in progress.

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This poem, a work in progress, is based on a recent event. While you need an imagination to write fiction, in my experience at least, real life makes for better poetry. With apologies to Billy Collins, whose poem ‘Consolation’ gave me the self-belief to think good poems can be written about everyday disappointments, just as they can about life-changing events.

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The title of this poem is taken from ‘Tokyo-Montana Express’ by Richard Brautigan, 1935-1984.

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George Mackay Brown’s poem ‘Potter and Jar’, originally published in ‘Winterfold’ (1976), reproduced here from ‘The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown’ by kind permission of the publisher, John Murray.

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A collection of haiku and curios, from the recent and very recent past.

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It is indeed better to experience than to understand. Another poem from the 1980s, when everything was easier said than done. I am still wondering why.

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When life doesn’t add up, the world seems fractal; from afar simple, up close complicated.

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“Out of the eater came something to eat; out of the weak came something sweet.” I forget where I first heard or read about mellified man. It was one of those ideas that would not let go. I’m quite proud of the riddle.

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Written in Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, where I often woke to the sound of birdsong.

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This can only be read and not spoken about, a poem about someone very special who once meant a great deal to me.

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