Amy Deakin is a performance poet and writer living at the end of the Northern line. She has inflicted poetry upon the unwary appeared at a wide range of poetry venues across London, featuring at Farrago Slam, Words Aloud Sutton and Paper Tiger Poetry. She’s also been published in several print anthologies and online magazines, including What the Elephant Said to the Peacock, Inside the Bell Jar, Birds Piled Loosely, and Spoken Word Anthology London 2015-2016. She hopes you enjoy her words as much as these publishers did.

Her debut poetry collection, Morden and Other Tourist Destinations, is published by William Cornelius Harris Publishing, and is available to purchase on the London Poetry Books website. Amy has lived in Morden all her life and is therefore permitted to slag it off. 

Amy is on all the usual social media channels (but not Snapchat because she isn’t cool enough.) Find Amy on Facebook as Amy Deakin Poetry, and on Instagram and Twitter as @amydpoetry.

You can also contact Amy directly for bookings, to order a book in person, or just find out more about her work, by emailing amydeakinwriter@gmail.com.

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Amy Deakin performing at Mind Over Matter, an independent project which aims to break down stigma attached to mental health and widen the conversation by discussing it through Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry. Visit their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All video credits to Mind Over Matter.

Morden

by Amy Deakin

At the southernmost point of the Northern line

Lies a fabled place which few men find.

Many a tales of its splendour be told.

Some say it’s streets be paved in gold.

And others say that all be rot,

Thus many a brawl doth be begot.

So on a fair and pleasant morn

I set off to this Mor of Don

Upon the nearest “via Bank” train,

To find this land of mythic strain,

And left my humble home behind

Hoping my fortune there to find.

After muche toil, I reached my quest

And I must admit I was welle impressed

By pound shops and kebabs galore,

A Lidl, Iceland and whats more

A hallowed Sainsburys did I spy!

A welcome sight to traveller eye.

Now free of worry and of care

And munching upon a chocolate eclair

I tooketh sights of this fair town

Which I heard spake of in high renown.

Fast chariots I longed to see

Blazoned 157 and 93.

Yet gazed upon in reality

Said chariots were mainly… stationary.

Their drivers clad in visage blue

Did not appear in haste to move

Their chariots forth to mysterious crags

And ‘stead quothed tea and smoketh fags.

I looked to heaven and asked The Lord

Why I had e’er headed south of Norwood.

But as I raised up mine eyes

A thing of terror filled the skies.

A concrete block of 1960s woe

Did tower over citizens below.

Wept I aloud – Poor Morden town!

(With swift travel networks to Wimbledon.)

That hatheth much to speak its name

In handy bus station and close tube train,

To be accursed by such folly!

Is not there hope to this sad story?

But sadly not one heard my cry

And ‘stead strange looks receiveth I

So swiftly legged I up to tube

To Topeth Up my Oyster Blue

And jumpeth upon firsteth train

Never to return to Morden again.

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