Poem – Crossword Adventurer (By David Russell)
Isn’t it great! The chessboard gone wonky,
Thrust into eddies of new clusters –
Isn’t it great to peel and pave the words,
To lick their sounds,
To hone the code letters with your pencil sharpener.
Happy jump from ‘right’ to ‘dream’ –
City breath pause,
Torture, hiatus of connection;
Now predator inverts to bloom.
Find the emphasis load for the key –
Happy insertion – sure, innit?
Broken inversion with another inversion.
A pun is a trouble-maker; that’s good.
But it sometimes blocks the association
You can get from New Orleans to Sloane Square
By anagram cable,
Snap into the indefinite article.
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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