Poem introduction

In the tradition of werewolf films, the werewolf is generally incredibly well turned out with immaculately coiffured hair. This poem, 'Teen Wolf', takes its title from a film from the 1980s starring Michael J Fox, where he is going through the transformation or transition between childhood and adulthood, and also the transition between boy-man and wolf. So this poem is about transformation.

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf

His bones sweetened. And then sickened.
Good days rolled over bad.
His room took on a glandular smell.
A year seen through rippled glass.

An hour of moon-watching would bring it on.
Even a moon half thumbed through.
Not the agonised transformation
but a silent taking himself off to the bathroom,
returning bequiffed and not a hair out of place,
the button nose the type that studs
the leather upholstery of a gentleman's club.
Teeth and nails to die for.

We'd drive him out to the coppice, the ruined mill;
watch him wade into a burlesque of ferns.
The weird, wind-up flight of a startled pheasant.
One backward glance and then gone
into rip-rap and sapwood.


unpublished poem, copyright © Patrick Brandon 2009, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

Patrick Brandon

Patrick Brandon Reading from his poems

1Mountain Man

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2Grand Union

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3Red on Maroon

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4Dolphin

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5Higgs Bison

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7The Night Studio

7Flat Dad

8Writing from the Imperial Three Star

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9Bikini

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10The All Night Service Station within the Heart

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11Blinkers

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12Sade

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13Bush Craft

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14Lichen

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15Leading Man

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16Geneva

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17Local Sauce

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18Stuff

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19The Full Kit

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20Diamonds

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21A Sloping Pitch

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22Retro Ascent

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23Attic

24Night Signals

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25Downsizer

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26New World Guest House

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278 - 0

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28Clean

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29Y

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30The Bike

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31Pro Rata

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32The Lawn

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33Boy with Cat in Harness

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34Sunday

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35Triumph Dolomite

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36Oh Yes, Yes ... I Think I Can See it Now

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37En Plein Air

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38MacGraw and Late McQueen

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39Pillow

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40Powder

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41Howitzer

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42Spartacus

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43Teen Wolf

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