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John W. Sexton

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of five poetry collections including The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is also the blog poet Jack Brae Curtingstall. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem 'The Green Owl' won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

 

 

 

 

The Prince Puzzles

 

 

she chalked a grave e

on the pavement ... stepping out

in beef wellingtons

 

thunder and sulphur

living tortoise cake

with mercury icing

 

Snot-Eyed Jack ...

lived in the sinus cavity

of that giant for years

 

Three revs of the engine

commands compliance …

genie in the throttle

 

the body stays at home …

double-jointed minds

soldered to starlight

 

if we were once star stuff

… let’s re-climb the silver ladder

through the sky

 

a child's fancy

riding safe in the ear

of the horsehead nebula

 

out of her mind

granny knitted starshoes

then stepped into our hearts

 

who was that weird woman?

the prince puzzles

over the glass gloves

 

magic spent matches …

in their memory of fire

we'll have light again

 

fifteen thousand gold chairs

one on top of the other ...

Good King Wobble

 

 

 

©2016 John W. Sexton

 

 

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John W. Sexton's Offspring of the Moon reviewed by Adam Wyeth

Poems by Sexton in The Burning Bush 2

'Sex, drugs & rock 'n roll - hold the drugs, side order of poetry'
Sexton interviewed by Bob Nielson

More by John W. Sexton in Southword

 

 

 

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