John W. Sexton

Handbag to the Moon

intravenous micro-
hippocampus … an ocean
enters the mind

               for my love
               a skirt of spinning stars ...
               a slip of space beneath it

Doctor, light the atom ...
a note troubled
from the fallen piano

               the threshold appeared doorless ...
               nailed the sky in place
               with twenty ravens

not atmosphere as we thought …
ghosts fill our lungs
and haunt our every breath

               first the falling cuckoos
               then the broken cogs
               of the stars

we send her handbag
to the moon ...
inside it everything

               ate through the door
               of the chocolate prison ...
               returned for another bite

The Nothingness Kit

a heart cold from un
-requited passion … all days
are nights to the sun

they married and lived
in a chestnut … ate promises
from tins

death an even number ...
moths ambidextrous
in their embrace of flame

               the coal sculpture stallions
               burned for days …
               we reddened in their beauty

those lips so kissable ...
briars trip
from her tongue

               empty yourselves of hope …
               the nothingness kit
               comes minus instructions

land mime …
with a scissors of two fingers
she snips a nowhere

               Dr Dosomething ...
               the bedbugs send representatives
               to the king

John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2013). 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 a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.
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