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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unpublished poem, copyright © Patrick Brandon 2009, used by permission of the author.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 Reading from his poems

1Mountain Man

2Grand Union

3Red on Maroon

4Dolphin

5Higgs Bison

7Flat Dad

7The Night Studio

8Writing from the Imperial Three Star

9Bikini

10The All Night Service Station within the Heart

11Blinkers

12Sade

13Bush Craft

14Lichen

15Leading Man

16Geneva

17Local Sauce

18Stuff

19The Full Kit

20Diamonds

21A Sloping Pitch

22Retro Ascent

23Attic

24Night Signals

25Downsizer

26New World Guest House

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28Clean

29Y

30The Bike

31Pro Rata

32The Lawn

33Boy with Cat in Harness

34Sunday

35Triumph Dolomite

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

37En Plein Air

38MacGraw and Late McQueen

39Pillow

40Powder

41Howitzer

42Spartacus

43Teen Wolf

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