You know what the soft sell is? Well, you've got it, believe me.
I've got a different technique. Laughs, drinks, jokes, tricks. You know?
Yeah. Hit 'em where they live – that's my motto.
- Juror 7
Brother, we are mostly fluid. Words are a door. Justify nothing. My porcine self is ill-advised, changeable. The time is quarter to or twenty past. Either way the room is getting smaller and I suspect is rigged and o so fibreglass. Airless blab, my friend, will run amok like a curveball fizzing in the left field. Me myself, I won’t be called. Why talk when you can chew? White suits stain easily. On the plate, I let the thing come at me, wait until it flashes almost past and – Time to dowse and atrophy. A storm is rolling off the city; what’s left after the structure folds, these corrugated rooms collapse? The dodge. The soft sell. The cage, blade’s alias. I sweat to breathe. Brother, percolate. Let the truth run clear. We are right and mostly fluid.
Tom Chivers is a British poet, editor and live literature promoter. He is Director of Penned in the Margins, Co-Director of London Word Festival and Editor in Chief for online literary magazine Hand + Star. Kathryn Cooper has been a regular Mercy collaborator for 5 years, you can see a whole bunch of her charming work on her website here.