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Shades of Grey

Authors: Steve Urwin

Published by Red Squirrel Press

ISBN: 9781906700560

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Steve Urwin is a widely respected spoken word performer throughout the North East of England. He is the 2008 Bare Knuckle Poetry Slam Champion, 2008 Northern Lines Poetry Slam Champion and 2011 Middlesbrough Intro Festival Spoken Word Stage Slam Champion. His poetry collection Hypomaniac, published by Red Squirrel Press in 2009, was September Book of the Month in North East cultural listings magazine The Crack.

'Give me slow jazz...'

Give me slow jazz, some black and white movie and a dark roast coffee. Make it strong enough so the spoon stands to attention with a little milk and three sugars. Put Tom Waits on a street corner with a Marlboro hanging from a frozen lip; strike a match on the five o'clock shadow, light up and inhale.

Give me slow jazz and a beautiful girl in an empty room save the mattress showered with rose petals, a box of chocolates by the window and a book of lies with an ashtray on top. Give us an hour or two free from guilt and further obligation. Let the tongue slide slowly down.

Give me slow jazz and her sister. Both will be beautiful if both will be mine. And as we writhe in bliss the burning steam will rise and mix with the room's sweet scent, inducing the most perfect delirium. Give me all of this. Give me slow jazz in a dream that lasts for all time.

'28th October'

Distressed surroundings. The desk directly in front of the gaping hole in the wall where the gas fire used to be. Wallpaper scraped away to reveal graffiti from decades ago. Too tired to finish. I feel an abundance of creeping vines breaking through the pores of my skin. They attach themselves to every surface around me. Every trivial little area of existence. Sucked up to surface-level mundanity. The room is making me feel quite ill.

Steve Urwin was born in 1970 in Consett, County Durham, where he still lives. Diarist, editor, publisher, poet, his work has appeared in magazines such as Fire, Open Wide, Other Poetry, Sand, Smiths Knoll and Tears in the Fence, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio. His debut full-length poetry collection Tightrope Walker was published by Redbeck Press in 2001. Steve works as a creative writing facilitator, and runs Talking Pen, organising live literature events and publishing limited edition monographs and pamphlets. He hosts the monthly Writers' Open Mic Night at Lamplight Arts Centre in Stanley, County Durham; and Poetry Jam at Waddington Street Centre in Durham.
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