Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by him recently reaching the last birthday age (47) of his old travel and writing inspiration, Jack Kerouac; and going to see one of the bands from the LA metal scene that was also a big influence. W.A.S.P. are led by Blackie Lawless, who is now 56, and still rocking after forty years in the business. While some people might think there is a great difference between the writing of Kerouac and the music of Lawless, they might be surprised by the depth and creativity of W.A.S.P. projects such as The Crimson Idol.
This is also a season of transition of course, with life awakening in one half of the world, while the other half prepares to sleep after summer; some life travels between the two.
Last Birthday, First Life
bye bye, Barney bird
barnacle geese sensing south
feathers feeling, fleeing freeze
midnight cowboys searching heat
no more shelter, Ruby Chestnut stripped bare
colourful clothes fall into earth
Marc Latham turns forty-seven
Jack Kerouac’s last birthday
season of soliloquy, spring is survival
Blackie Lawless still touring
LA metaller rocking fifty-six
snow brings excitement to surface
transforming jaded views, Wych Elm winter coat
midday natives celebrate season
migrating birds, nature’s calendar
mustang foals running north
hello hello, Rockies horse
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).