A poem by Paul Brookes
insists she break the law,
stuffs his heavy, packed bags
around their home, under the stairs,
in the loft. Other folk’s messages
and parcels never arrive
as he sups pints in the local,
pots balls over the green baize.
She sees him chat up lasses
in the pub, online, changes
his FB profile to single,
She coddles their new bairn
till he returns to her why.
Paul Brookes was and is a shop assistant. He was previously employed as a security guard, postman, administrative assistant, lecturer, and performer in the Rats for Love poetry troupe. (His poetry has been included in Rats for Love: The Book (Bristol Broadsides, 1990).)
His first chapbook, The Fabulous Invention of Barnsley, was published by Dearne Community Arts in 1993; his second chapbook, The Headpoke And Firewedding, was published by Alien Buddha Press; his third, A World Where, was published by Nixes Mate Press; and his fourth, The Spermbot Blues, was published by OpPRESS.
Brookes has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol, and hosted a creative writing workshop for sixth formers (grades 11-12 high schoolers) on BBC Radio Five Live. Some of his written work has recently appeared in Clear Poetry, Nixes Mate Review, Live Nude Poems, The Bezine, The Bees Are Dead, and other publications.
Feel free to visit his website!