Poem – Action Paint Stripper (By David Russell)

Action Paint Stripper


He did it:

Bared around as a torn poster –

Slashed in irrigation, blatant in life.


Squeezing out worms, slugs

And snakes ablaze;

All burst to flood

Then blended underlay –

A laminated rainbow.


His luminescence crossed exposure’s edge;

Flesh writhed erogenous,

Prime canvas scrubbed.


Paint frames contorted

To every edge and corner,

Intestine centre

Rose to a shining swell –


Over he jumped – my razor bleep of terror.

Treading on sound’s soil,

A clogged, bunged, throbbing dub,

Whence life’s six oozing hues.


Author Bio:

David Russell was born in 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube.


This poem is part of the complete collection; Speculum: Collected Poetry and Prose, by David Russell.

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