Subdivisions for the newly dead – Benjamin Blake


This endless sprawl of stones
Each polished to perfection
Sit behind towering black gates
Greek-pillared mausoleums
House mummified housewives
Stagnant infinity pools overlook
Choked deadened lawns
Even the dogs are deceased
Crawled under the digger’s shed
To die alone
Flowers cut, and dried a brittle brown
Family portraits faded from a scorched earth sun
There is little, or no, sustenance here
Delivered from sin
Into the arms of apathetic angels
The rustle of up-stretched palms
Pushing up through malnourished soil
Search for something to snatch, then sink
Back into the ground below
Let us perish in peace

Benjamin Blake was born in 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham. He is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Children, and the poetry and prose collections, Southpaw Nightsand Reciting Shakespeare with the Dead, and Standing on the Threshold of Madness. Find more of his work at

Praise for Standing on the Threshold of Madness and Benjamin Blake 

“I was most impressed with Standing on the Threshold of Madness. These dark, brooding vignettes do far more than send a shudder up one’s spine (although they do that again and again, with elegance and panache). Benjamin Blake has found a way to infuse into his horrific lyrics a keen sensitivity to human emotions, an understanding of the fragility of life, and a bleak portrayal of the evanescence of all existence. This is a volume that aficionados of weird poetry will want to read over and over.”–S. T. Joshi

“Benjamin Blake relishes funereal lyricism with a spice of surrealism.” – Ramsey Campbell

“Language and imagery rule in this collection of dark visions. Blake has a distinctive voice, rich in surrealism, and he uses it to considerable effect.” – Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster Poet

“A plethora of dark and haunting poems that could be likened to a bone chilling symphony overall!  Mood enhancing language that will curdle the blood, and excellent, original imagery!” – Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winning poet

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