Basquiat & Hendrix. An Audio Text Poem by Robin Ouman Hislop


Basquiat  &  Hendrix    you were cheated
out of life by mortals    it wasn't what
you gave   but what they took  as if
you could get high on that poison
they fed you
they didn't leave you an exit
once they'd locked you in
to show what you'd got
				they snatched the hoard
				& lit the building 
with you in 			but you didn't know
how to walk away
they were still your gods
you'd shot down to the providence
where you sought them         where they took you in
ritualised to a myth that sucked 
played you                            that hand that spun to win
where you put your foot in your mouth       sold you out



Robin Ouzman Hislop is on line Editor at Poetry Life & Times at His numerous appearances include Cold Mountain Review (Appalachian University, N.Carolina), The Honest Ulsterman, Cratera No 3 and Aquillrelle’s Best. His publications are collected poems All the Babble of the Souk, Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals & Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems. A translation from Spanish of poems by Guadalupe Grande Key of Mist and Carmen Crespo Tesserae, the award winning (X111 Premio César Simón De Poesía), in November 2017 these works were presented in a live performance at The International Writer’s Conference hosted by the University of Leeds. UK. A forthcoming publication of collected poems Off the Menu is expected in 2020


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