A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...


Thursday, 18 February 2010

One of my latest poems

Hi all, one of my latest poems if you fancy a read. None of the poems have titles lately. They're part of a collection called exits/origins. I only have two rules; 1) start with something random (i.e.: something overheard, a repeated phrase in my mind, a page in a book, something heard when flicking TV channels etc etc) and 2) don't have a closed ending. I seem to have a tendency to close poems so I've been trying to force myself not to.


“The sky is turning itself
in side, out,”
you said

and the cars were barriers to our escape.

The sky flapped like a (bird) caught in

my mouth tasted like blood

as I looked up to check: turning/ plastic bodies rolling over.

EYE IMAGINE the what are, what are you looking

at stranglers? Please hold my hand.

“It scares me,” you said, flipping an eye shut/ drive towards

Ex- but don’t, please don’t, let the tyres scream

Won’t jump out/hold on

Won’t jump on/hold out

Want to wake up in the darkness and know you’re a life, or is it beating, beating fortune?


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

"Right on time..."

Hi all,

I have my first two events for Ellipsis sorted out! Very exciting and scary. I will need to practice my public speaking, eeek...

Here's the info:


Readers: Nikki Dudley, Kate Tempest, others TBC
Price: £4.50/£3.50 concessions
Date: Tuesday, 06 April 2010
Time: 19:00 - 23:00
Location: The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
Email: wordplaylondon@hotmail.co.uk

Brighton Festival (Open House)

David Williams - Acrylic Paintings, Giclee Prints and Cards. Michelle Dawson - Seaside Prints. Sally Meyer - Abstract Paintings. Rosina Beech - Jewellery. Jo Renshaw - Photography. Rowena Gilbert - Ceramics. Tony Gray - Found Object Sculpture. Also Amanda Sington-Williams reads from her new novel ‘The Eloquence of Desire’ and Nikki Dudley reads from her new novel ‘Ellipsis'.
Date: May 1st and 2nd
Time: 3pm both days
Location: 8 Southdown Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EG


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