Visual Verse

Kerfe has just pointed out to me that we both had pieces selected to appear in last month’s Visual Verse magazine. I hadn’t noticed. Kerfe’s poem and my short prose piece are together, which has happened before and I like that. You can read mine here.

The Quai de Brazza at Bordeaux has been tidied up beyond recognition. From a crumbling relic of the city’s past glory as a rich commercial port, the overgrown cobbles and tramlines have been covered in tarmac paths for cyclists to whizz along, screaming at walkers to get out of the way. There are lawns where colonising saplings were starting a forest, and the old port warehouses are fancy coffee shops or boho hangouts.

It seems like a terrible shame to me, but land is expensive in the city and if there’s a buck to be made, someone will work out how.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

13 thoughts on “Visual Verse”

    1. I’m probably in a minority, but I really hate graffiti. Compared with old stone, peeling pain and creepers, it’s just plain ugly.
      All of that abandoned area has gone. All neat and tidy now.

      1. I’m not a big fan of most of it–sometimes something really clever stand out. (And there’s ancient graffiti, too.) I do like the murals though in urban areas that are often public projects.

      2. I lake the distinction between ‘street art’ which has genuine merit, and the comic book stuff, fists and guns and busty women with very few clothes on, the kind of thing you expect an adolescent boy produced.

  1. Our cyclist are just like that, except most don’t bother with the warning. Really, just as dangerous for pedestrians as cars.
    I hate any taking down of trees. (K)

    1. The racers don’t issue warnings either, they think they’re above that, the gods of the cycle track, even though it’s clearly marked that it’s a shared track and pedestrians have priority. It’s sad that they even have to point that out.

      1. They never obey traffic signals here. And they ride against traffic. So you have to look everywhere when walking or crossing the street.

      2. The traffic signals have been modified to improve safety for cyclists, like they have their own lanes and they wait in front of the cars at traffic lights and move off first. But it’s the same here, they don’t all respect the rules, the lights or the one-way system.

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