Chris Tyrimos

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Chris Tyrimos
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I have written both poetry and prose intermittently since 2005. My major influences, to name a choice few, can be found in Lewis Carroll, J.G Ballard, Jonathan Swift, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, J.D Salinger, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell and Emile Zola.

The first poetry book I purchased was Ted Hughes's 'Birthday letters' as a sixteen year old in 1998; and shortly after Larkin's 'High Windows' [1974]. Words can't alone explain the world I entered on reading 'Birthday Letters' and as for Larkin, exceptional and equally capable in his style. I can't separate the two, in their abilities. I prefer Hughes and Larkin, to their predecessors John Betjeman, Thomas Hardy and W.H Auden. Much ... more »

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Marrakech: Or the tale of the Monkey in the Jemaa el Fna

The futility of an ego cased in a personality, in flesh.
Ideas came to me in a juvenile milky coffee.
Semi copper coloured bricks in a cheap attention seeking hostel.
Lemonades and liars, frauds and friars, princes and peoples.

Men in the cancerous Indian summer of their lives.
Paying for lust, a well oiled transaction.
My soul spirit affected by the noise, bright lights, a voyeurism.
As viewer, more foreign hypocrite, 'Noel Simsolo' moral administrator.

A bizarre re-affirmation of local suffering, somehow,
confirmed in replica watches and matching tungsten ...

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