Reader #5: Raif Mansell

During the run up to the launch of Hand Job Zine: An Anthology, we will be posting work from the readers that will be featured on the night to give you a taste of what you can expect on the 3rd of March. For more info click here and to join the facebook event follow this link.

Raif Mansell

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(Both pieces taken from Emblem)

Bang On

Bang on; British English, informal, from Liverpool

1. synonyms; hot rods, bait.
Definition; to make something obvious
to the detriment of those around you.
eg. “swerve it,
there’s bizzys, it’s bang on.”
or “he’s got a kid, he stinks of ale –
he’s bang on.”

2.  synonyms; snide,
Definition; to act in what
is deemed an unkind fashion by someone else
to another individual
eg “she won’t let him see his kid, it’s bang on”
or ”she finally let him see his daughter and
it was a day
when the moon was hanging
with the sun
in the sky.
He looked
at his daughter
for the first time in months
she was beautiful, the world –
the sun and moon
(oh) bright.
She looked
up at him, said daddy, daddy
the leaves called from trees as they fell
what is it? he said ,is there something
you want to tell me?

The moons bang on she said.”

Retribution

Fear is necessary for love, heart logoed knickers in overhead
projection – things she showed me during high school.
Dairylea dunker in mouth, she rubs trouser leg to tissue paper,
withdrawing as bread stick is holstered to its convex of cheese.
Later, she cried against a pool cue. ‘No’ I answered as
Crazy Train hung on the rafters, its riff as pathetic as old posters.

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