Visio Mag

I love what the team are doing over at Visio Mag.

This issue they’re looking at the shady world of conspiracies, and there’s a whole host of great artwork and writing to be found within.

I’m glad to have my poem ‘Conspirograph’ included.

Check out the the Conspiracy issue of Viso at: https://visiomag.squarespace.com/

New DMT

It’s been 8 years since my diagnosis with (Relapsing Remitting) MS.

I feel very lucky in the fact that most of the time I don’t think (or write) about it very much. I have strong support from my partner, family and friends, and most of the time I don’t experience much evidence of the condition in relapses. Subtle things like concentration and memory are the main things I need to watch out for.

This week I’m starting a new DMT. I feel positive that I can continue to live largely free of any ill effects of MS.

Stand up walk about

Live for the day

Sleep calm at night

Awake

Stayed up all night

Wrapped up in thought

Drifted through time

And space

To this point

Where looking back

They are still awake

Resilience

Something Strange

@robertwmonk

Outside and inside

Inside and out

Something Strange

Is happening

Within and without

Painted Flowers, Printed Leaves

Painted flowers and printed leaves adorn the interior of Jasmine’s modest studio. The pattern slowly moved in front of her reddened eyes.

The wallpaper had been Dean’s idea, of course.

“It’ll look good,” her ex had said. “Remind you of outside when the weather’s shit.”

The weather was fine now, but Jasmine didn’t want to leave the flat. Not under any circumstances.

She had been inside for six days now. Unable to leave. Not from agoraphobic anxiety or mental stress, but from the certainty that today everyone outside would be in grave danger. Like a ticking clock, she knew the Change was due to happen at some point today.

It was the wallpaper that told her. The movement and shapes on the unfurled roll that wrapped itself around the four walls, like a mesh, like a jacket.

After a few days the message of the markings became clear; “one week from now, everything will change. Stay inside.”

Dean didn’t understand. She can’t remember what happened. He wasn’t around any more. Either by accident or design, she had dropped her phone in the toilet. So no more rambling texts or pissed up WhatsApp messages.

He’d be out there when it happened. She would be inside. The painted flowers and printed leaves had told her.

Automatica

Cells recycle themselves over and over.

The elements of myself that were once then

Are not the same now.

Things have changed.

As the body changes,

So too does the mind.

The Boy Who Never Turned Up

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I wrote and drew ‘The Boy Who Never Turned Up’ last year.

It’s a short comic story exploring childhood imagination, school days and myth-making. It’s available to read on Issuu.

Luminous

Tiny rip in the structure

A little light blinking out

In otherwise absolute darkness

They are here somewhere

Stirred to move

By this unexpected change

Brightening

Luminous

 

Echo Rescue – The Waiting Room EP

Pleased to announce that Echo Rescue have a new release out. ‘The Waiting Room’ EP is out now and can be found on Bandcamp.

Fans of synth music, experimental pop, ambient, 80’s sounds, and spoken word poetry might wanna check it out! Echo Rescue The Waiting Room