This week’s Featured Poet is Michael Pedersen
Michael Pedersen is a 24 year-old Caledonian wordsmith, whose inaugural collection of poetry entitled ‘Part-Truths’ is available now from Koo Press. This first hamper of poetry is ‘part one of three’ in a cross-medium trilogy, and the poems touch on myriad themes including folklore, nuances in nature, societal befuddlement and altruism.
Michael is currently teaching English as a language of storytelling and poetry in Cambodia, and piecing together a second collection of poems. He is also the newest member of the Creative Team of ‘Dream Tower Inn’: a BBC featured pluralistic play and forthcoming motion picture depicting contemporary Scotland.
A bird squawks sharp
Like a screaming kettle –
The spoonbill’s alarm:
A breed of dissonance
So remarkably unfamiliar
I instead salute
This beaked racketeer;
And all the little cannibals
Robbing fruit from the orchards –
Scoffing pip, juice, peels
Of yellow goodness.
‘See you in a few haircuts’
I told Ma, before depositing
The phone into an airport Charity bucket
– they get a fair price, I leave
In a plush flash of altruism.
Eight months, two twilight eyes
Wide as children’s mouths, choking
On English vowels, rolling Os and Es
Around their dust-caked cheeks
‘Those kids’d sooner open throats
Than imaginations’, a drunk pal
Splurges before I skip town, country,
Continent. I think of this
As his muddled-up way of saying:
‘Goodbye. I’ll miss you’.
As I’ll miss petrol sellers, corn field
Confabs, posing as Teacher; rain
Like nobody’s business, like revenge
Making the imposter leather pong.
A sightseer riding the bus giggles
On noticing that the heel on the sock
Of a Khmer passenger
Is not aligned with the heel
Of his foot; the toes drip off
Like wax slopping from a candle lip
Or a tensing tongue, grown
Her mocking of the sock
Is the point two kingdoms meet.
In crossing my legs, I insert
Into the scene, a similarly tousled
Foot garment; bolder still
Is the confirmation of a kinship
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