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After reporting my birth in Downham Market, Norfolk, England in 1950, there is not much I could say about myself that would be revelatory of my poetry, such as it is, except that the 1960s in the US awoke my sensibilities (after a long childhood of defensive camouflage), and that my discovery of Arthur Rimbaud – and subsequently, the Dadaists and Surrealists – began the process of liberating my imagination. A process I hope will continue for a time, although I am fully aware there is a dead end ahead that will require my attention. I have had writings and images published in - among many others - Caliban (edited by Lawrence R. Smith), The Poetry Bus (edited by Peadar and Collette O'Donoghue), Peculiar Mormyrid (edited by Angel Dionne, Steven Cline, Patrick Sampler, Casi Cline, Jason Abdelhadi, and Jason Burleigh). I have also had work published in the Hydrolith: Surrealist Research & Investigations (edited by Eric Bragg and a host of others) as well as in Blue Feather (edited by Barrett John Erickson, Thomas Clarkson, and myself).
Once Upon A Timid Winter
Once upon a timid winter, Queen Baby Boy fell asleep
in the agreeable branches of her bones
and at the tip of the tree, a shiver of a house
stood in the center of the contemplation.
Queen Baby Boy turned in a small glass stairway
and through her he saw the broken roosters.
All the agreeable branches fell from the steps
to scamper to sleep between the roots.
Queen Baby Boy fell from the tree into a hole
and that’s about it.
©2016 Dale Houstman
Poems by Dale Houstman can be found in multiple issues of Caliban Online
Dale Houstman's 'Ghost Posters and Borborygmae'
More about Dale Houstman's work at Penny's Poetry Pages