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FIREWORKS AND TREACLE

In the madness of the woman's eye
The fly circulates,
Adroit with fireworks,
Then suddenly thrashing,
Struggling,
Drowning,
As the drug wears off,
As the hollow collapses
And the treacle floods back in.

This is a short piece of surreal poetry, surreal poetry being defined as poetry which uses surreal images or deals with surreal situations. A surreal image is one which distorts reality to the point of impossibility. For example, the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali produced a picture incorporating images of melting clocks. The melting clocks are not abstract but they are impossible, and fit nicely into the category of the "surreal".


HALLUCINATIONS

The man with the burning mustache
Is busy faxing my fingernails
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This poem FIREWORKS AND TREACLE was first published together with the accompanying notes when posted online by Hugh Cook on 2005 May 7 Saturday. Poem and accompanying notes Copyright © 2005 Hugh Cook.

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