These pieces of death poetry are part of the literary miscellany called THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOUR GOD: A HUGH COOK READER
Praise poem for Saddam Hussein. A role model. A man who knows how to die.
a suite of death poetry
in the literary miscellany
THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOUR GOD
These death poems form part of the literary miscellany THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOUR GOD: A HUGH COOK READER. There are also two other death-related poems in the book, one a praise poem for Saddam Hussein and the other an informed consent procedure for death.
Informed Consent Procedure for Death
The other death poems are consolidated in a section entitled DEATH POEMS, which contains the items listed below.
Death poetry in death poems miscellany
Page 353 Part Six DEATH POEMS. A selection of poems about death and dying, originally intended to be the core of a book of death poems, to be called THE DEATH OF BIRDS. Two additional poems were written for this series, item the poem, SADDAM IS GUILTY which is part of item thirteen, FLYING HIGH ON DRUGS, and item twenty-one, INFORMED CONSENT PROCEDURE FOR DEATH.
Page 354 Item Fifty BEING DEAD.
Page 355 Item Fifty-One THE DEATH OF BIRDS
Page 356 Item Fifty-Two
THE CHEATED DAUGHTER
A father betrays his daughter. He has his reasons, of course. Men always do. Naturally, there is another woman involved. A number of other women, in fact.
Page 358 Item Fifty-Three RECIDIVISM
As a deterrent, the death penalty fails.
Death poetry in death poems miscellany
Page 360 Item Fifty-Four
NINE MONTH PARACHUTE DROP
And what if the sentence is to be death, death guaranteed, no treatment on offer? I need a script for this, and, really, I need it now. So I can prepare for my death sentence. If that is what, in fact, is coming down the pipeline.
Page 361 Item Fifty-Five
THE HAPPY PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES
Meantime, the world rolls on as usual, with the standard tragedies within it.
Page 362 Item Fifty-Six
DYING WE CAN DO TOMORROW
Not if you are in the middle of a heart attack, obviously. Then your death becomes immediate. But one of the privileges of cancer is leisure. Time to sit around and drink red wine and eat chocolate. This, then, is a live life now poem, a seize the day poem.
Page 363 Item Fifty-Seven
RED HOT TEARS
And there are moments ...
Page 364 Item Fifty-Eight
WALKING AROUND MY CITY
The familiar experienced as defamiliarization.
Page 365 Item Fifty-Nine
ICE CREAM BRAIN
A brain damage poem. If not death, then a siege, and ice cream city, quite possibly, no match at all for the besieging sun. The radiation has already made its impact. The enemy is already within the gate.
Page 366 Item Sixty THE BIG DOOR
Annihilation conceptualized: death as a big door.
Page 367 Item Sixty-One ON HIS BLINDNESS
Visually impaired and, quite possibly, destined to go blind within the year. Blindness, if blindness, as a prelude to death.
Page 369 Item Sixty-Two MYTHOLOGIES
A product not, as far as I've noticed, to be found on the supermarket shelves.
Page 370 Item Sixty-Three THE EGOTIST DYING
The self-obsession of a dying man: death conceived of as an act of selfishness.
Page 371 Item Sixty-Four BLIND MEN CAN STILL EAT MARZIPAN
Page 372 Item Sixty-Five KITES
Nostalgia, sorrow, loss.
Page 373 Item Sixty-Six
IN THE LAND OF BIG BROCCOLI
In the land of big broccoli, in New Zealand, far from the winter in Japan, there is, amongst other things, broccoli.
Page 375 Item Sixty-Seven
THE ACTIVE CHILD
Someone's daughter, not yet quite two years of age. Miss Energy Bundle, Miss Total Personality, death refuted by the instant.
Page 377 Item Sixty-Eight PROGERIA
Page 379 Item Sixty-Nine CORNFLAKES
The routine demands, and must be catered for.
Page 380 Item Seventy
THIS WAR IN IRAQ
And all this other stuff, history, public events, the ongoing life of the world, given and to come, the future and the past what exactly is that to me, right now?
Page 381 Item Seventy-One
MY CONCEPTUAL SIEVE
Before death, dissolution. Working with a partial brain.
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