Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

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Stream Through Campus (partly)

@ A back of A Gas

Research Centre
in a Holywell Woods

(on a univers(e)
it(t)y town’s shade-tinged

rim of flickering histories)

a stream’s
wet thesis (will)



at a stream’s rising
a naked shape gives

& takes steps (is

(in a flash
-glimpse (in

a gap

between branches (seen

by an uplooking laid
low creaturely

eye))) a

dark letter X against sky)

a shape startled
a shape shifted

from undergrowth so

trembling fracture’s
a shape’s spell
at a stream’s
westerly beginnings

a shape’s dirt-smudge-steps
enter a ropey
trail see-through & murky
wet’s twine of stained cords all

wriggling liquid chaos

bare feet hurt
in a stream’s flow

feet quiver out wet steps
heading away from west to

follow a stream’s pass
age to gain

an entry easterly
to pass through

a gap in ground

on a rimland campus’s westerly edge
a shape’s steps slosh
as a stream’s clear flesh is

strolled through

a brick is a toad’s fossil instinct
a brick’s emotion is of
course oblong a toe slips

soft fumes of ditch-rot

now death-stench
harsh & sharp
as hot light
in nostrils
yet dark
as bog-sludge

a twinge of ancestry
flicks a shape’s left
Achilles’ tendon

chiffons polythenes
& ripped silks of water wrap

a shapely syllable’s walking

the passiveness of scum
holds other worlds

a culvert swallows a whole
town’s molten silvery windows
gleaming ropes writhe

all that’s
is seen

smooth slick
of slime over pebbles
a shape’s soles press

into an un

seen (sea) bed

jagged broken brick
clots of silt &
dissolved footnotes like

smoke blown through water

a shape’s fingers graze
a blackbird’s drenched dead frame
splayed in the stream
feathers like ink-jelly
needling pricks of fractured bone
plasticky quills of

course discourse
gets stretched

as twiggy sentences dangle strands
of intellecutal algae caught from
floodwaters’ carress

(through a wobbling lens
of a stream’s rippling skin

a shape’s shape
blurrs to a

fuzzy X seen
by a low-lying fish)

weed is a stream’s muscles
rubbing on a streambed’s bones
a drain-grille an organ of un

known grief

anxious at a grille’s mouth
weeds’ wavering green flags of


thee willow once
was a novel exp
loded its leaves
its pages its trail
ing twigs a failed
structure but now

a kingfisher’s bright
blue myth told for
ever in a millionth

of this second

wet earth’s clean-dirt perfume
a shape’s toes press through
mud’s gritty ooze clear
water’s metal tang entwined

with faint
grilled beef burger

students eating
on grass in
sunshine knowledge

a moveable feast’s napkins

a young weeping
willow lets
tendrils scrape wet reflections

a shape

dissolves its letter X steps
through complete & gone

as sleep(’s)

Stream Through Campus (completely)

Stream Through Campus

Strut Parts

horizon parts
pencilled barrow ground

trees line


winter posture horizon
angular arms strut parts

elevations sectional pencilled

bricks boys barrow
picture pixels ground

red of lost trees
white part pull line


a row of winter trees
each posture sporty

on horizon a hall’s
cube hovering over goal

in ground’s fore
rows of angular boys

spitfire arms &
diamond strut legs

boys as parts
of construction


elevations of pavilion
sectional sports
pencilled plans

bricks of posture
boys dig pixels

a barrow of ground


now’s loops of red track
a ship-side of white struts

only one lost crowd-part sees
a tree’s posture pull

lane one’s white line

Once Upon a Playing Field

dark winter-contorted trees
with silence’s speed stalk

a brigade of white shirts & braces
boys’ faces tightened towards

one eye

heels pressed to heels, knees
bent the space

between their legs
Sheila Na Gig diamonds

each boy’s birth is formed
from his own frame

the black trees grasp
the boys’ faces as branchy

wrinkles unfurling from
around their eyes

at last twig-crack
each boy’s waters

break and tree parts of
their old-man selves crackle

out from their fruitful postures

Space & Pass

………..…………an I am
………..…………drawn I
………..…………miss a
…………………..of perce


slate flames clatter square signs a taste
of burnt rice re organised nine steel
plates slant to rouse waters wind prints
mood into skin roots hear a cedar’s
waiting sight along a line of years carps
on fire glow under green gels taste

steel at re organised year line spot
nine prints wind peeled earth the sight
of heights of wood stretch a concrete
slab between a tree’s grid & lower
number a rose of cracked stone imp
aled by a beam of eastings prints hear

wood on steel a clink of slate under
animal a slate space circled by start at
slant-mood’s waiting years gels at
green year pealed heights at slab between
number outlet valve twelve rattles daft
ly valve 14 is as quiet as a glow taste

spot at nine prints clatter burnt plates
at wood doing I miss a slipped space
& pass a fountain’s gap ………………..have
to re trace a panel of perception from
a cedar I am drawn like a spark again
st snow my feet feel slate scales slide

……… a pass a
………..cross a wreck
………..age of an an


Con Den Sation

under perspex a campus
expands contracted flick

a nub of broken twig
and students’ flats get lit

prickling millimetre
fragments twinkle like

dense laughter

……… hundred metres of fingerbone
………..rests its length in woods on the rim

……… rules a domain of framed perspectives

tiny breaths & sweat prove
lives by condensing

on perspex sky

deep down in tiny engineering
rooms a molecular professor tall

as DNA pulls a spitfire apart
with tweezers as students

glue stream-water-spectres
to a replicant geology

……………………… a 3D printer
………………………..too tiny to see

……………………….prints 3D shapes
……………………….too tiny to feel

as mangled airmen
freshly crashed crawl

like red cotton threads
wriggling in wind

as rucks in a postcard
rugger pitch give

away the passages
of un-mapped

moles mean
while in a

compressed Hazel
Grave Building a micro

scopic jug on a work
surface spills milk’s

blank and there (not that
one but this


a waving weather-vane sharp
as ice in an eye glints

like a spark in a
gap between one

mile’s weight & one
half of a sy

napse deep-deep in the
grain planed clean from

wild oak a black
hole grows bang

and cordite stains
perspex sky grey

@ a replica’s centre

a dark wound wi
dens & pulls tiny

buildings like teeth
trickling into a streaming

ghost’s mouth


note 1:

Within Loughborough University’s campus

there is an actual Hazlerigg Building; within
a Hazlerigg Building there is the scale model

of Loughborough University’s campus.


note 2:

During Word War II, before a campus was built
around a Hazlerigg Building, it was frequented

by airmen, some of whom were wounded.

The actual building is also where
a jealous airman shot &

killed his flame.


note 3:

In a Nineteen Forty-Six a
Department of Aeronautical Engineering

at a

Loughborough College acquired a
wartime spitfire for

use as an

instructional airframe.