Will Vigar

A Writer of Sorts

Stanlow

stanlow-a2a-with-reflexionsThis is a piece of visual poetry. The text was overlaid onto a picture of Stanlow and apes the night time skyline of the refinery. Unfortunately, wordpress compresses pictures quite substantially.  I had hoped for you to be able to download the picture and view it in a decent jpg viewer but that’s apparently not possible, so I’ve put the picture of the finished piece (above) to give you an idea of how it should look when it’s printed out and the put text below.

I’ve also added the picture of Stanlow refinery for reference.

STANLOW

Every

summer

Sunday, we

walked the

meadow,

collecting

grasshoppers,

caterpillars

and ladybirds

for no reason

but to

fill Bryant and

May match

boxes

and forget.

Cardboard insoles

disintegrating

as we closed

in on the wetland marshes

to throw

stones at godwits

and herons

on the

Mersey

sandbanks,

laughing

as they

hooped

and

boomed

before

settling again

to feed on

freshwater shrimps. Then ships brought

a city with no houses and

a tar sticky heart.

A promised

life of

leather uppers

for the price of a smoke

sick river, acid in

the reign of oil;­­­­­ a backdrop of pulp fiction landscapes

and a name stolen from

a childhood

idyll. But

the vitriol

subsides

and shiv blade

outlines have

softened

with

age

and

ivy.

Steel gantries hold heat,

creating thermals for

hawks

to ride

and prey

in the returned grass

land. Orchids

bloom

in the

undisturbed

pasture

and hooping

and booming

can be heard

once again.

stan2

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