Burrough’s First Hit
Mercedes Webb-Pullman (IIML Victoria University, New Zealand)
‘Well – that’s quite a sensation…that’s
interesting.’ He peers at his arm, sleeve
rolled back, tourniquet loose now;
his shadow like a praying mantis
dances behind him as candles flicker
before Buddha. His greyness
fades as night lights up with
pirates and red-headed twins, sex
on tightropes; gravity fails, a heat wave
of research flushes through
potter’s fields, automats and bars
scorching the present ‘til the future
oozes out, neurotica.
Cue the William Tell overture, for
his wife, for all junkies and saints.
Mercedes Webb-Pullman: poet, MA in Creative Writing from IIML Victoria University Wellington, 2011, published online in Turbine, 4th Floor, Swamp, Reconfigurations, Blackmail Press, The Electronic Bridge, danse macabre and others, currently struggling to have a thesis proposal accepted but still writing!