At face value
the skin over London is too tight
the face lift of success too successful
(probably rep-car replaces Bowler)
too deep yet the lines in the faces of the poor
Fragmentary, impressionistic portraits of life in London, tinged with critical social commentary, and with the sadness and loneliness of those who live on the edge. Many of the poems are untitled, and Lucapacijürgenhebrezgiabiher makes use of visual effects, including line drawings and different fonts, in the manner of early twentieth century French poets, such as Apollonaire (unfortunately not reproducible in this review). I was also reminded of Kenneth Patchen, and I would guess that Lucapacijürgenhebrezgiabiher is a reader of Blake, Eliot and Pound. He quotes Dante: “Tra la perduta gente” (Among the lost people).
The city of London in these poems is both timeless and very much of today. He answers the question WHAT’S BEAUTY?:
Eating space and tar
Following the road — scar
Wounding the city
The burning rail tracks
Sparkling into another
Dimension where things
That bleached poster
Stuck at the petrol pump
Dwindling morning dream
The success of some has always come at a price for others. Lucapacijürgenhebrezgiabiher makes his point in a manner which is playful and aphoristic:
heading a Europe
oh what a swish reaper
(probably with a Bowler hat)
a sort of royal dawdler in
— from the untitled poem quoted at the start of this reivew —
There is a kind of controlled rage and sadness. From the same poem:
assets assets assets assets assets assets assets assets assets assets assets assets
worth some wars and
flesh to be rubbished away
beauty to be sold out
needs streamlined into one-way system
Some of the poems take the form of small prayers. There is a yearning for a different Albion, where not
only the fool can
At their best, the poems have a hypnotic, haunting quality. And they are all much more readable and pronounceable than the author’s name.
Not all the writing in this collection will appeal, but if the lines quoted above say something to you, it’s worthwhile getting hold of a copy of this book.
Reviewer: Ian Seed.