Tim King reads his own work ‘At the Poetry Reading…’

Tim King is a spoken word artist, workshop leader, event host and organiser, a regular on the performance poetry circuit since 2010. His work ranges from the comically absurd to the deeply personal. Tim has also edited and helped publish collections for a number of local poets and writing groups, including Robert Garnham and East Devon Writers Group.


At the Poetry Reading

…all efforts to include me founder
 as yet another allusion is made
 to something clever someone clever said
 in some hallowed tome I’ve never read.
 As all about me others nod their heads
 in seeming recognition 
 – that most genteel of head butts – 
 I turn away 

to silently enter a post-clervid reality
 where soon, I hope, you will join me
 in abandoning clervidity.
 It was always useless anyway, let it go!
 If in some future reverie
 you fall to feeling clervueless
 remember how life used to be
 before you learnt to second-guess.

For me, the greatest story ever told
 has always been, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
 in the original, vanilla Danish
 of course!

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