Choke [Picture 151]

“You have a ‘Jacques Biederer’ shot,”
I exclaimed with an admiring smile
… brushing my fingertips along
the edge of her dressing table
close to where the sepia photograph
was leaning inside a matchsticked
frame [Such as the kind Crafted
inside British Prisons]… “Lovely.”
“Yes, I first saw it in an old book
back in my late teens, and I have
been OBSESSED with it ever since.
The ‘Match-Work’ was done by
my last-but-one Ex in Exeter HMP
… yeah, that’s right, you were in
there with him, he saw you Kick-Off
and Smash Up the Reception Area
with a metal flask in a pillow case.
He reckoned around 10 Screws
carried you out of there upside
-down… and, that you were over
on the Hospital Wing for a fortnight
before Transferring to ‘The Main’
… he’s absolutely Terrified of you!”
“I love his photographs… Quirky
and Quaint… and quite Fascinating.
Anyway, tell ‘Her’ that I called by…
and that I’ll be ‘Holding Court’ later
at the back of The Anchor from 7pm.”

* The HMP Exeter Reception incident is explained in its entirety in the forthcoming novel Crazy Like Emotion

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.