Through his consideration of debris, Chris Parker develops the themes of communication, learning and relationship he first shared in The City Fox & others in our community. Through the voices of some of the original characters in The City Fox and a range of new ones, we are invited – and sometimes challenged – to consider the impact of our communications, beliefs and social structures on others and ourselves. The word debris, we learn, refers to broken or torn pieces of something larger. So just what is our relationship with debris? To what extent do we create it and what are its effects on others and us? Is debris only a form of waste, or can it be empowering and useful? And if debris is a part of something larger, just what is that something? These are the questions we are encouraged to address in this new collection of poems that explore just what it means to be human and how we influence each other.
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Urbane Publications (26 Jan. 2017)
- ISBN-10: 1911331981
- ISBN-13: 978-1911331988
Neighbour peering from behind the curtains
Do you throw out your garbage every day?
I try not to.
At least sometimes I try not to.
At least sometimes I try to process it into
Or failing that into something hidden
Something stored only inside me.
The problem is
whenever I do keep it in for any length of time
I eventually throw it out as old garbage,
garbage no longer in its original form
more rotten and stinky
more repulsive to the senses.
I wish, of course, I could recycle it into something
joy or understanding
I wish I could turn it into a story
or better still
Because I can do none of these things
I avoid the garbage collectors
when they stride down our street
every second Wednesday in the month
purposeful and gloved
loud, tattooed and sweating,
leaving the empty bin
without thought of position or consequence
somewhere outside my gate.
I feel they mock me.
debris by Chris Parker pgs 23-24
This is my 5* Amazon review because I have nothing else to add!
Oh my WORD! This collection of poems had me all over the place, emotionally. It is amazing! I read it in one evening as it just sucked me in so much. I totally recommend people read this. Even if you aren’t a fan of poetry there is something in here that you will relate to. I felt like my life was written in this book. I cried, and when I say cried I mean I sobbed. I smiled and laughed as well. I don’t think a book, of any sort, has had me feel so much in such a short period of time!
I received a lovely signed copy from Chris Parker and what to thank him so much for it.
About the Author
Chris Parker is a specialist in Communication and Influence. His fascination with the power of words and how they can be used to create intrapersonal and interpersonal change began in 1976. It became a lifelong study that has underpinned almost four decades of work in a variety of professional roles and contexts. A Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Chris is a highly experienced management trainer, business consultant, lecturer and writer. He has more lines on his face than most and is afraid to read them.