Guest editorial — don’t be afraid it’s not really five mins, it’s 2 1/2

Photo: James G. Brennan.

71. Soi Sai Nam.

Worakarn sat on a bench at the north end of the soi, (lane) where she once lived with her family. Like her two brothers, she left to start her own life leaving their parents still living at №71/5 Soi, Sai Nam (lane big tree). …


James G. Brennan

Photo by Sarah Mathews. of Author at home. The real beach bum.

Born in West Bromwich in the West Midlands to Irish parents,
both from big Irish families seen me grow up in a very Irish environment.
Tis where I get my second-generation Irish cheekiness and humour from.

Times were very hard for both parents having to move to England
to find…


In honour of Paper Poetry’s first year

X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Wang et al), Optical (DSS & NOAO/AURA/NSF/KPNO 0.9-m/T. Rector et al), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Mixed image created by James G. Brennan.

Swallowing gases birthing stars
this gargantuan mouth is open for business,
chewing elements in what looks like an
awful mess within exploding dust clouds
raising temperatures way beyond the chill it burns.

High energy UV radiation photons prizing electrons
from hydrogen reconnecting once ionized
showing off its new wavelength colours
nurturing its stellar…


Cethramtu rannaigechta moire — Irish poetry form

Photo by Markus Voetter on Unsplash

King , Queen Medb, warrior Chulainn.

Ireland’s myths
Kings and queens
Celtic dreams

God king Lugh
Oaths truth law
Saves Danan
Kills Balor

Queen Maeve strength
Connaught reins
Cooley bull
Was her bain

Ulster’s hound
Cu Chulainn
All foe’s slain

James G Brennan 2021

Dedicated to: Sylvia Wohlfarth, Orla Kenny, kurt gasbarra, Eli Snow


Descort poetry

Photo: James G. Brennan.

Chocolate cupcake crumbs
laughing gecko
Pays visits at breakfast
head raised sniffing,
I empty plate crumbs onto the table,
gecko grabs, scarpers with its feed.

Ant in waiting takes a chance
lifting its prize staggering off towards sanctuary’s
table crack
before pissed-off gecko devours them.

Sanctuary reached just barely in…


Free verse

Photo: James G. Brennan.

Resonating an infectious style
influencing others minds
philosophy of words your mantra
through pen upon blank white pages
colours of language bring life to space
beckoning ink after all this was made to be filled.

Welcoming words upon its surface
addicted to the flow of the pen
courting stares exuding beauty…


A response to summer challenge surfs up

Obscurity Pre Gig pose. Photo: Jim Darrah.

Ten years. Ten years!

No matter what bands I played in during my first 10 years
as a young drummer from eighteen to twenty-eight,
(bar the last one), wanted the Beach Boys drumming spectacular
Wipe Out!”

James G Brennan

Writes eclectic free verse poetry. Enjoying your words. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.

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