Monday, June 13, 2016

Tim Gardiner- Punku

Haiku-inspired poems with a punk rock and ska music theme, song titles in italics. The sequence was inspired by bands who have performed at the Rebellion Punk Festival held in the Winter Gardens (Blackpool, UK) every summer. The poems also celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk rock in the UK after it redefined the music scene in 1976 when The Damned released the seminal single New Rose.

wilting fast
in the grey vase
a new rose

winter gardens
pretty vacant

packed bar
ghost town plays
on the jukebox

around the mosh pit
sixteen again

why are there
no more heroes
on my radio

still in a rut
a homeless man snoozes
by pleasure beach gates 


Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist and poet from Manningtree in Essex, UK. His haiku and tanka have been published in literary magazines including Blithe Spirit, Frogpond, and The Heron's Nest. His first collection of poetry, Wilderness, was published by Brambleby Books in 2015. He has published many scientific papers on natural history and several books, including one about glow-worms.

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