David Ball – 3 poems


The two windows on my wall
watched me sleep

What could be more dangerous
than rain at night

Got up, if I was up today, and
the whole house disappears into rain


Old Poem

Alone at the window or the door of my house
Alone turning the corner in a crowd sometimes

Alone in front of my mirror
I am ugly alone
I make ugly sounds

Listen, I sound like a trumpet
Madam I am king
Bowing alone all my dust smiling,
covered with dust
alone in my room or at the angle of a wall

I am dented all over

as with warts eating or in my bed alone
O I am good and ugly, watching alone
before my mirror
I am a toad and I only eat frogs
Madam, I am king of the toads

Hopping along on the floor of the dark hall closet
I knock over the wet umbrellas
Sleep in old rubbers lying around the floor
Sitting in my rubbery puddle
Sometimes I alone give a croak like a choir of trumpets


When the dream of the sunlit world transformed
into the real night he learned

what those who died have always known

But what they knew they knew too late
What he knew was the dream of death
the real dream coming much too early



David Ball’s poetry chapbooks include New Lulu (2011) and In Cities (2001); his poems have appeared in Action, Yes; Locus Solus, The World and many other journals. His translations include the prizewinning Darkness Moves: An Henri Michaux Anthology, poems by James Sacré, work by Tristan Tzara, Valéry Larbaud, Pablo Picasso and others. Recent translations: Jean Guéhenno, Diary of the Dark Years 1940-1944 and two amazing novels, Lola Lafon’s We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm and Laurent Mauvignier’s The Wound (both with Nicole Ball).



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gobbet is a literary magazine dedicated to publishing the very best experimental poetry and prose. Intellectual perversity and explorations of dark themes are positively encouraged. We are only interested in work that is progressively experimental. We want to see risks, and we want to see them pay. No previously published work. Prose should not be longer than 1000 words. There are always exceptions. Send 3-5 poems. Include a short bio. Send submissions to gobbetmag@hotmail.co.uk Work will be published every 5-10 days. We also intend to publish anthologies of selected work published in gobbet. We will do our best to reply promptly. Most submissions will receive a decision within a month.
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