Crap Allegory by Jonathan Taylor

For Stuart

We need to talk about the burnt-out tower
a fuck-off middle finger
raised to gentrification
in a rich part of London.

We should speak about the burnt-out tower
an immigrants’ incinerator
blackened by poverty
against a bourgeois sky.

I want to write about the burnt-out tower
how ash rained down in showers
onto white BMWs.
Drivers had to put wipers on full.

I want to but I can’t write about this –
it’s a crap symbol, far too obvious,
a modern Gormenghast made unambiguous
or some crude medieval allegory
starring the Desperate and the Greedy.
Reality like politics makes for shit poetry
which cannot contain the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the smoke the

 

Jonathan Taylor is an author, editor, lecturer and critic. His most recent book is the novel Melissa (Salt, 2015). His website is www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk

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