James Bond by William Kerley;TES Young Poet;Poem

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
The movable trolley rockets

Down the privy

Looking for

A restored Aston Martin,

Which was looking for

An old stately home.

1964 Fantasy Novel.

Live for the moment;

The glamour, the fame

The thrill

Of when the dining

Room table with 50

Seated guests

Galahants into

The kitchen.


Is Ormskirk the new poetry capital of England? I think I'd better go to the Maharishi School for a term or two, so that I can start to surprise myself and my readers with a first line like this - it's clean and grammatical but could lead in any direction. At no stage does this poem lose its unpredictability or its sense of adventure. Poetry can free a writer from the constraints of making sense - this poet delights in eccentric line breaks and a random story line. The wildness succeeds because, although we never know what will happen next, it is always clearly described. Is "galahants" a real word, or a combination of Sir Galahad and gallivants? In any case I intend to adopt it from now on. William Kerley, like every true poet, has extended the English language.

William Kerley, aged 13, receives the Poetry Society Young Poetry Pack. Submitted by Cliff Yates of Maharishi School, Ormskirk, Lancashire, who receives a set of Poetry Society posters with teacher's notes. Please send students' poems to The TES, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY.Sian Hughes was a winner in the TLSPoems on the Underground competition in 1996, since when her poems have appeared in "The North", "Writing Women" and "London Magazine". A short collection, "Saltpetre", is published by SmithDoorstop Books this month

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