Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Just Jump: Life Buoy by the River Wensum

One life buoy, two, ah, creative forces. On the front, poetry: the line "Sheltered with red sex & the scale of moonshine lips" made me think of Bukowski. The American spelling of 'favour' made me wonder whether the author is a visiting international student over at the UEA's creative writing department.

On the back, however, an approach much closer to my black heart: as well as the inherent dark irony of the words being scrawled across something intended to preserve life, the sheer no-nonsense minimalist bleakness of them are far more powerful: "Just jump. Nobody cares."

Friars Quay, Norwich, by the River Wensum.

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