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We don't believe in invented people
We need evidence that you're real.
So we test you.
Ask you to replicate higgledy-piggledy
Upper and lower case numbers
And letters, point out the shopfronts
in photographs. Invented folk
Can't discern differences, you know.
How real are you on Facebook,
on Twitter. How many personas
can you make? How much
We want to believe in characters
on screen, in books, online.
And we should. It uses our imagination.
Folk live and breathe in our heads.
Paul Brookes was shop assistant, security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer, with "Rats for Love" and his work included in "Rats for Love: The Book", Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was "The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley", Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live. Recently published in Clear Poetry, The Bees Are Dead, Live Nude Poems and others.