Paul Brookes

Paul Brookes was, and is a shop assistant, after employment as a security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer, with “Rats for Love”, his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. First chapbook “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). Recently published in Blazevox, Nixes Mate, Live Nude Poems, The Bezine, The Bees Are Dead and others. “The Headpoke and Firewedding” (Alien Buddha Press, 2017) illustrated chapbook, “A World Where” (Nixes Mate Press, 2017) “The Spermbot Blues” (OpPRESS, 2017). Forthcoming chapbooks “She Needs That Edge” (Nixes Mate Press), “Ghost Holiday” (Alien Buddha Press)

Mr. & Mrs. Lumbricid 

feed on the wrinkled dead

I take beneath the earth


where it is dark, restful warm

cold, hard soil towards

the surface. I wait.


If water seeps down

I cannot breathe

so must burrow

to the surface


my late wife heard

what she thought

was rain up top

burrowed upwards

emerged to Mr. Merula’s

tapping claw and sharp beak


soon our moon

will shine


treebark get wet

soon I will

leave this old self

above to decay

and show a new self.


Earthworm moon will rise.

A Finger (For Issue #1)

runs round the rim of your lake

until your full wine glass rings.


A full casket I lower myself in the grave

of your thighs sprinkled with holy water.


My seasoned coffin rises and falls

until your worms and carapaces


separate my grain into smaller morsels,

chew me down to hollows and bone.