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Author: Peter Kay

A TASTE OF AGAR

This poem takes me back to Winter Sunday evenings in my mid-teens. My mother seemed to have a love affair with health food and natural ingredients and used seaweed based agar agar as a setting agent. I was the eldest of three, my brother 7 years my junior and our sister 7 years his junior.

Your infused chocolate
mousse was a Sunday staple,
I can taste it still.
A slightly grainy texture,
chocolatey, not in a traditional way,
slightly soapy,
matt with no
sheen at all.
You could hold it on the tongue
and it would slowly dissolve,
little bubbles of nothingness.
You paired it with apple crumble,
pineapple rings or tinned peaches.
Carnation if we were lucky,
a perfect end to a Sunday tea.

In the half-light of Winter,
within the cramped kitchen,
where burning anthracite and
steeping nappies fill my nostrils
and the Maiden hangs
overhead, draping
mothers’ pinnies,
fathers’ string vests
and Beethoven
soothes my baby
sisters’ cries

This was one of the poems I read tonight at a celebration open mic evening for the publication of SHE, a collection of poems by the very talented Sharena Lee Satti

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Adverbially Challenged 5

Adverbially Challenged Volume 5 is scheduled to be released on Saturday 21st November and will contain my flash fiction piece ‘Night Vision’ Kindle versions are available for pre-order now on Amazon and paperback copies will be on sale from the 20th November, again on Amazon. For every copy sold £1 will be donated to the Charity ‘First Story’ which supports and encourages the development of creative writing by young people in schools.

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AVAC2C Update

I have just finished writing the first draft of A Very Alternative Coast to Coast. I am going to have a break from it for a few weeks and pick up the task of self-editing and rewriting in January. I would hope to be working with my publisher on it by April next year.

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Show Me The Way To Santiago Calendars

I have just heard that my 2021 Show Me the Way to Santiago Calendars will be arriving today. Priced at £5.90 each (£10 for 2) each one sold will provide a minimum £2.50p donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. They will make ideal Christmas presents. If you would like one you can leave a comment on this page, email me at peterkay255@yahoo.co.uk or contact me via Facebook. Payments can be made by BACS transfer to P&SM KAY Sort Code 77-71-62 Account Number 17860860

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Wild Blue Angel

50 years ago on the 31st August, I was one of around 600,000 people who spent a glorious weekend on the Isle of Wight in the company of such legends as; Free, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, Moody Blues, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Chicago, Joan Baez, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Ritchie Havens, Procul Harem, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, Kris Kristofferson, Family, Taste and of course one of my all time Rock heroes – JIMI HENDRIX. This Friday (18th) will also mark the 50th anniversary of Jimi’s death. In the early hours of the final day of that unique event I had witnessed Jimi’s last ever live performance in the UK.
My poem Blue Wild Angel is my tribute to Jimi

You were purple haze
with glorious hair
a gripping tooth
in velvet corduroy
parachuting plucked
from Seattle roots
to Ronnie Scott’s

Right -handed fender
played upside down
fuzz pedals
Carnaby Street medals
A Voodoo child
God, you were wild

A spangled banner
using smoking keys
as passion ignites
you on your knees
with bandana tied
before orange flames
your red rooster calling
in a smoking daze
leaving needle stick
for opiated words
handfuls of barbituates
pressed self-destruct
after Isle of Wight
in the middle of the night
I was there…

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Open Mic events

Last night I had the privilege of being able to share some of my poems at the indomitable Runcible Spoon Zoom night hosted by Kathleen Stafford. 15 or 16 brilliant open micers interspersed with four headline poets. The sensual words of Sue Hubbard, star quality from Oz Hardwick, the amazingly funny Matt Panesh and the Otley folklore king Matthew Hedley Stoppard.
Tonight is another Gingerlicious night with David Driver. Looking forward to it.

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Love Story – a black out poem

I created a black out poem as part of an exercise within a Writing Group I am involved in.
I used Page 184 from SHOW ME THE WAY TO SANTIAGO and managed to create a Love Poem.
Here are the words that were left behind after blacking out most of the text.

Evening sun in
time envelopes us
She is spiritual
she is seeking some connection
our meeting is hugs and warm
we go our separate ways

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Zoom Events

I thoroughly enjoyed my return to ‘open mic’ land on Monday with the wonderful David Driver hosting an exclamation of local poets. Up coming this Saturday is an Open Mic with BIASAN, an event that is part of the Bradford South Asian Heritage Month.

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