Below are two ‘collage’ poems, written by Stockport’s Write Out Loud group, responding to the group’s poems exploring the heart of Stockport:
Collage: Heart of Stockport #1
M60 atop Manchester’s posterior cusp
Hurtling force divides and creates, binds and destroys,
Cut me slowly, cut me quick, careful now
Not too deep
Just like Concorde passing over
the viaduct with its engine vibrating
on the tracks
I’m lost. Blocked. What is hidden in the river?
The naked road is rusting away
I follow the arterial route to your heart
Giant black rats are lurking in the deep waters
River – town’s blood – cutting through the heart of industry.
Collage: Heart of Stockport #2
Stockport town is upside down
Blue skies, regret for the river that was
I caught your cobble-stones with conviction
Voices from the youth skimming across the waters
Love is underfoot, under wet sand
Throw stones at the past; take care of the present; enjoy a future.
Red streaks blurring wistful meanderings
Lose yourself in the labyrinthine city
This hour, this day, this moment.
Beneath the sand,
The smell of sunburnt ducks and trollies in fading light.