2 poems by Richard Capener


Someone Else


Shilpa Gupta, Arnolfini, 2012


a black cloud

of microphones


i want to fly


obscuration

as a threat


if it could

be innocent


i want to fly

away


THERE

ARE

NO

BORDERS


[the phrase

in tape

wasn’t obscured


but

when i google it now

it’s lost]


shelves of books

cast in metal


i want to fly

a

way




Not a Chrome Effigy of All Our Ideals


this is the way

it always was

bound, controlling


i sat there reading

cover face down


civility mediates

sex, originating

from outside us


the smooth

cold exteriors

were gesticulations


cordoned, that is

violence endowed


“plausible deniability”


unlit windows

and slate grey sky


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Richard Capener's pamphlets are KL7 (Red Ceilings, 2022) and Dance! The Statue Has Fallen! Now His Head is Beneath Our Feet! (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). The Voice Without will be released by Beir Bua Press in October 2022. He edits Hem Press, and is also Reviews Editor for Mercurius Magazine.