Vivos Voco

Through good graces and gritted
teeth the crowd sway to the clock’s

tick, the grenade’s tock. Even
ambulances are ammunition in war.
Find the skull of your father, read
the novel etched into his stare;

the arms are swollen with loss, the
tongue strained with knots.
                                      Esküszünk, hogy rabok tovább
Fathers have shrapnel for lungs,
it is how they speak only in

bullets and riddles. Rid the self
of carbon – Imre was a father too.
                                      Nem leszünk!
Father, I’ve called you three times
        why do you not grace my mirror--

Aaron Kent is a poet/writer from Cornwall in the UK, and recently had a verse-novella published by zimZalla (Subsequent Death). He has a pamphlet due out mid-2018 with Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press (Tertiary Colours), an experimental plamphlet due out in 2018 with Dostoyevsky Wannabe (The Rink), and a collection of travel poetry around his home-county of Cornwall with photography by WIlliam Arnold due out late-2018 with Guillemot Press (The Last Hundred).

He was called ‘a British force’ by The Kenyon Review, and ‘frenetic and fine-tuned, raw and refined, excoriating and exhilarating’ by Man-Booker Prize nominated author Wyl Menmuir.

Aaron lives in Cornwall with his wife and their baby daughter.

Vivos Voco is the first poem-film from Aaron’s chapbook ‘Bampy’. The first 6 poems are about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Footage used under a Copyright-Only Dedication – as part of public domain. Publication date 1956 Usage… Topics Hungary, Hungarian Revolution, 1956, Newsreels, Cold War Publisher Universal Studios & Warner Pathé News Digitizing sponsor MBK Language English…

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