Duncan Yeates: On seeing the Simon Fujiwara exhibition at St Ives Tate

Posted: May 30, 2012 by Peter J in feature, poetry
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A prufrockian Prince Hamlet;
is a pitch perfect oxymoron
to perpetuate the orthodoxy
of an ordinary man:
a fish eyed falsity glimpsed in
the yellow bead of sweat on a poet’s brow –
those fools who would immortalise anything
to try and cheat that million
eyed card sharp that is death.

And me, worse than most,
with neither the shame nor modesty
to disdain the self-immolation of others
as anything less than poetic;
the bloated selfishness of
malcontents drunkenly
divested of lineaments,
slack jawed and foolish.

More retrogressive
than this limp wristed age of
liberal humanism
through which we trawl knee deep
in the lymph drained
from humanity’s thickening scab.

Underneath which white blood cells run riot;
poisoned from killing metal; while those
red blooms of sacrifice wither on the
of a flat surfaced world: a place
in which we are all equidistant from equanimity.

How many platelets form a scab ?
Ho many grains of sand on a beach ?
How many stars in this galaxy ?

Yet I would mummify myself; write on those bandages
words of sanctity; preserve my paper entrails of supposed significance

I am legion;
I am many.


Simon Fujiwara


Duncan Yeates lives in Redruth. He has published various non-fiction articles and regularly performs his poetry at The Melting Pot in Redruth (where he helped to organise and promote the recent spoken word event) and The Unplugged Chameleon in St Ives. His first short poetry collection, Lallocropia,  can be found hiding inside in the poetry books of Redruth Library or wherever else he might carelessly decide to leave it for your edification. To contact him or to receive a free copy of Lallocropia, please e-mail: lallocropia@gmail.com.

Duncan is one of the Red River Poets, who will be appearing at Heartlands on Sunday 3rd June at about 11:30, reading from Lallocropia. He will also be interviewed by Sue Farmer on Redruth Radio’s Do The Write Thing, on Friday June 15th.

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