Thankyou to Tasha of Inbetween Hangovers for publishing this poem of mine
distortions. I want to look
like her or him, so I can be
her or him. I buy their perfume,
their makeup to look a million dollars.
I want to be distorted into them.
Only by doing this can I be true
to myself, and who I am. Plastic
surgery would make me feel better.
I could be younger, fresher more vibrant.
Adverts tell me this, because I’m not.
Adverts tell you how to distort yourself
into who you are. Are you with me?
Paul Brookes was poetry performer with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live.