In honor (see what I did with the spelling there?) of it being Mother’s Day in the US today, this week’s snippet, coming from Slam! features young Anglo-Japanese amateur poet Jude interacting with his mum.
I may *cough* have a little more in common with Jude’s mum than I’d like to admit… 😉
Mum was cursing in the kitchen when I got home. I snuck up behind her and gave her a hug. “How’s the best mum in the world?”
“Pissed off, that’s what. How they get away with calling this a non-stick frying pan is beyond me. Look at it.” I looked. It was chops—Porky Pig, I think—but they were tiny and shrivelled and smelled like a bonfire. Also, apparently black was the new black, for fried food at least.
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Limericks, lies and puppy-dog eyes
Amateur poet Jude is a carnivore working in a vegan cafe. His little dog, Bubbles, is the only man in the Anglo-Japanese graduate’s life—but Jude yearns from afar for “Karate Crumpet”, a man who runs past the cafe window every Saturday night leading a martial arts class. Jude’s swept off his feet when he’s rescued from muggers by the object of his affections—and when Jude finds out the calm, competent, hunk of muscle is also gay, he’s in seventh heaven.
Trouble is, the universe seems to be conspiring to stop them getting together. While Jude’s ready to jump straight into bed with his saviour, David’s still got one foot in the closet and wants to take things slowly. Then there’s Jude’s best friend, who has a dangerous secret, and his mother, who’s desperately trying to keep her own love life on track by lying about her age—meaning Jude has to pretend to be a schoolboy!
With a maze of different stories to keep straight, a potential stepfather to keep happy, and ex boyfriends who keep turning up on dates, Jude’s getting increasingly confused. Poetry in motion, it’s not!