Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two Poems by James Tierney

The Grimm Sisters

Safe from the danger
Of bed time stories
They reveled
In the paradise of day dreams
Where in their orderly world
Life was easy to handle
With time enough on their hands
To be repelled by what others
Were attracted to
They were at an age when
Instinct prospered over reason
Bored with older brothers
Who turned theirhands
To happy endings
Which in a woman’s world
Wasn’t as simple as it sounded

The jazz singer’s broken heart

There were any number of reasons
But no onereason
Why her heart
Didn’t seem to be in it that night

A perfunctory performance
An almost deliberate disaster
In setting out to be disliked
She was a huge success

At times like this
It was assumed
There were as many reasons
As there were pieces to her heart

Born in Northumberland (UK), James now lives and works in Milan, Italy. Following a Bachelor of Education course at the University of Durham he worked as a Press & Publicity Manager in commercial and repertory theatres up and down the country.
This led to a post with the Foreign Office as Contracts Manager at the British Council, Milan. There James took an advanced diploma in Business Administration from Cambridge University followed by an MBA from the University of Leicester.
Married with two children James now works at the University of Milan, specialising in the area of Business Administration. Publications to date include a number of language course books including a project for the Open University. Poetry includes a number of titles published in 2012 by Forward Poetry.

1 comment:

  1. I recently heard the writer reading his poems at the British Council in Milan (Italy). I enjoyed it very much.