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Ben Willems

Euro Coup


Twelve star ooh Danone

La Rage Romaine La Revolution

Chest-strapped Jagerbombs


Paris Match caption

Douwe Egberts and Javanese bride

Ramstein Fairford


Bakerloo line

Kuehne and Nagel truck stop Poznan

Annifrid Benni


Bjorn Agnetha


Elgin marbles Greek Colonels


stone circles Tollund Man

the little mermaid



Brunnhilde Ariane

Figurine Panini

Zinedine Zidane


GOLAZZO! cheap flight

stag Riga new Prague crumbling Weimar

Wilkommen Bienvenue



Hello stranger!

In here life is beautiful


the girls are beautiful

and ola sir from Brazzaville

we have les sapeurs


welcome the Shisha,

Piri Piri, Chinese New Year

We have kebabs!


Tagines! Baltis!

All the latest in magic beans!

Chocolate fountains


gold bars fat cigars

diamonds from Kimberley

Spa towns miracle cures

imminent plagues

burning rubber, holes in the ground:

burial mounds


We were Atlantis

Tethys Knossos

Monte Cassini



up in the villa down in the city



Moulin Rougeian

Phillipino, iron crowned

Vitruvian man


good king Leopold’s

whited sepulchre

and its alter ego twin town


they call: The Jungle

“Kurtz? Bring me Kurtz!”

The commissioner howls


“we have butter, pastries,

land set aside –

pale of settlement,


dark of heartness; enough

farm subsidies to sink an Ark

May Day! May Day!


Christians! Lions!”

Feeding of the five thousand

regional cheeses


or leave them

sleep with the fish quotas

wash up on Blue Flag beaches


all hell breaking sunbed row

“das ist mein badetuch!”

“I think therefore I tan”

primordial swamp

frozen steppe aboard

the Orient Express


Leaning towers or

gleaming minarets?

Bridges or expanding chest?  


Pork proud mutton dressed

Euro millions; champagne toasts;

heraldic crests:


Adi Dassler Rene LaCoste

Fratelli Fila tennis socks

Henri Lloyd Hugo Boss


Tricolores Nordic cross

lederhosen Dutch clogs



Ra Ra Ras-putin!

Gregorian chants

DJ Otzi Brigate Rosse


ex-Stasi bunga bunga

Oxford Blue Yes Sir

j’accuse I can boogie


Gaz Prom Dracula

Energie de France

all quiet flows


Miss Sarajevo

Pro patria mori

the diary of a young girl


back of a lorry:

Danepak Evian

Ferrero Rocher

Poor Doors
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
bedroom tax
Disrupt and Upset

Ben Willems (b. Reading 1974) is a Manchester-based poet and political activist campaigning with Palestine Solidarity groups. He writes performance-style poetry and is currently taking part in a series of collaborative readings in Manchester called The Other.

bedroom tax
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
Disrupt and Upset

Militant Thistles

prickling the politics of "permanent austerity"

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