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James Trevelyan

Jun
2016
Thursday 9th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

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GIRL
James Trevelyan

Why always Christmas time;
always Jingle Bell Rock;
the threat of snow.

Why always the slow pan across the cityscape;
open window, billowing drapes;
always the top floor.

Why always the potential heroine;
the pretty girl in a silk slip;
breast and nipple carefully displayed.

Why always alone, writhing in sleep, wakefulness, ecstasy;
coke over the coffee-table;
always a dodgy batch.

Why always making a grab for fame;
the good girl fallen;
the prominent dad downtown.

Why always naked, wasted;
testing the strength of the balcony fence;
always weightless and hilarious.

Why a car bonnet that breaks the fall;
the shirt always open, not a hair out of place,
like Ophelia or a centrefold.




James Trevelyan grew up in the Midlands and now lives in South London. This poem is taken from his debut pamphlet of poems DISSOLVE to: L.A., a book of action movie poems published by the Emma Press, and was first published in Inky Needles. The poem describes the opening scene of Lethal Weapon.

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