Composed mainly of anagrams and rearrangements of words, Tom Duckworth's Happy Fat Children and Protein Enhancers creates witty, eccentric poetry out of road signs, bank notes and crisp packets. The author describes his poems as "mathematical problems to which I have found a particular solution for."
In many ways the poems you will read in this collection are gibberish nonsense! A rabble of words strung together to make vague sense with the hope that you will find some meaning out of the background dribble. Thinking positive though, I have tried my very best to piece together something thought provoking that I hope will also satisfy the urges of any literate OCD suffers. To tell the truth I often look through this work and rather than poems, I see mathematical problems to which I have found a particular solution for.
Originally, I was going to call this book ‘poems not written by me’ because many of them are anagrams or a selection of ‘other people’s words’ arranged in such a way they have a new sense of direction.
It is certainly a wild adventure writing a poem where boundaries are in place and I often find there is no of knowing where it will take you until the very last letter is in place. It can certainly be challenging but in some ways having limitations helps me; to portray one's most untamed imagination through words, for me, would be an impossible challenge and I envy people who can write with such unrestricted brilliance and beauty.
I hope you enjoy my book.
Happy fat children
The sun, started a sunflower equivalent
that’s energy services
always saturated in great colours,
Potatoes ready for the harvest,
great tasting, muddy. Farmers know best.
The individual potato a seed may be
and we, the very fibre of seed.
Send us your best Sunday.
Walkers pack logo bag before them,
the sun rains a dry flavour,
as if the sun were dissatisfied
worked not, weather cool and crisp.
The children with requirements
of daily sugar snack wrappers
and sold packaged fat, packets of oil,
per flavour per multipack
purchased from the department store.
“Crisps crisps crisps!”
Lower in fibre, high in oil salted fat.
“Not that flavour!” Sure, which ever!
Pack a daily bag, visit your daily place.
So this multipack… contains lots of salt,
but over our guidelines? No.
Is this it? Generations of adults, women,
limited to enjoy nutritional food,
naturally good, ingredients of seed.
They cook calories with salt to make a sale,
artificial vegetarians and coeliacs
suitable for oils, salt
who complains not about lower wheat.
Are your children fat? Tell us why this is.
And calories watch the seed of men,
people each and everyone together affected daily.
Exactly what must we experience
to understand values?