THE MAN OF FIRE:”THE POTTERIES SHOPPING CENTRE” HANLEY

Man of fire stands above

Plastic shopping malls,

Replacing a once great

Emporium:

Lewis’s Hanley,

Stoke-on-Trent.

Only that gaunt spikey statue

Remaining.

The defiant remnant of a lost Empire.

As people walk somnolent,

Like the plastic they inhabit,

Through the Malls.

Spectres of the dead

And the living

Lost in capitalism’s ever

Self-devouring

Self-perpetuating “progress”……..

But, actually, i dont wholly dislike

“The Potteries Shopping Centre”-

The slightly defunct canteen-like

Debenhams “Style” cafe;

The Cafe Drucker

Overlooking a large Father Christmas.

Its sort of

Making an Effort.

And in HMV

I bought

The Piano Concerti

Of Taubert and Rosenhain!

Who would have thought…

In “The Potteries Shopping Centre”!

Gold nugget amongst the likeable plastic.

Anyway, like Dickie Lewis, and Lewis’s Dickie,

The Man of FIRE remains

Steadfast.

{A deliberate experiment in a “postmodern”/postmodern medley of putatively inappositively incommensurate tones-probably didnt work, overall, but , at least I am writing and trying different styles!}

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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6 thoughts on “THE MAN OF FIRE:”THE POTTERIES SHOPPING CENTRE” HANLEY”

  1. Why so modest? I loved this writing, category blurring, like interdisciplinary thinking, very productive, creative and thought-provoking. I really enjoyed the musical references too, although I am too thick to know which works go with them, they were the light among some of the darker elements. Surely it is fluid Benjaminesque/ Sebaldian classical fusion, much nicer than alienated Adorno (was reading some of him the other day), in sunny Stoke. Sometimes writers are their own worst critics: man of fire lift up thy head, eat an apple or some gingerbread (not literally if you want to eat something more digestible). And what a good final line. Hats off!!! Jon.

  2. Thanks John for positive feedback; made me smile. I think there WERE(subconscious) references to Benjamin in saving and somehow(inexplicably!) redeeming/re-claiming the remnants of capitalism (as in the “Paris Arcades”), {which i shall allow you to peruse at £1 an hour:)!-only joking}, ie the obscure cd in HMV; and the man of fire defiantly standing above where his shop(Lewis’s Hanley) used to be- though no “Dickie”!:). Speak in the week{that rhymes}. Etienne

  3. I have incidentally been to this shopping complex once. I think your tone is mock-heroic, it conveys the essence without losing the flavour of what it intends. It has a melancholic touch, I must admit. A good poem!
    Happy New Year!

    Cheers, Kubla

    1. Thanks, Kubla. Feedback from a poet so adept and haunting as yourself is an accolade indeed. I suppose parts ARE a bit mock-heroic(especially the intentionally comical ending) though \I wasnt(cosciously anyway) aware of this! But, as I say, I DO really appreciate the feedback. keep on with your excellent wrtings and blog. Steve

  4. What or who is the man of fire? None of the definitions at Wikipedia seemed to fit.

    I’m glad you found your music in that unpromising place.

    When I lived in Columbia, South Carolina, my next door neighbors, African American, had the last name Hanley.

    1. Merry, The man of Fire isa metalic statue on the wall of the Potteries Shopping Centre, Stoke -on-trent’ The Link is the wall was once part of another decayed lewis’s department store. Steve

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