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VINCENT BERQUEZ: JOHN HOPKINS RIP

John Hopkins RIP

Hoppy loves Suzy Creamcheese, who drips Mary Quant filled eyes
and a silver skirt like a space girl.
They watch black and white films and her legs go all the way up
to the liquid sky filled pop dream in a shaky psychedelic shimmer.

Hoppy Hopkins loves his music and poetry from those Hippies
and flower filled scented freaks, the Jagger’s and the Ginsberg’s
dance for his monochrome photography and liquid light shows.

Suzy Creamcheese drops acid to the Pink Floyd at the UFO Club
every Friday night and Hoppy stands on a scaffold grooving the heavy sounds.
She knew Hendryx and Neil Young and the Lovin’ Spoonful, and all the guys.

In the year of Our Lord 1967AD 14 hours of Yoko and friends snipped a dress
off of a girl made of paper with blunt scissors.
The girl wore nothing underneath bar Biba knickers with a smile like a dream.
The naked truth, said the media was shocking but suffered no paper cuts.

The London sunrise blasted the zapped plastic 1960s
into the vinyl sickness of the plastic orange of the 1970s.
Hoppy Hopkins’s hash stash got him slammed in a HM prison,
and Susan Zeiger (aka Suzy Creamcheese) left the building.

16.02.15
Vincent Berquez

 

 

Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet. He has published in Britain, Europe, America and New Zealand. His work is in many anthologies, collections and magazine worldwide. Vincent Berquez was requested to write a Tribute as part of ‘Poems to the American People’ for the Hastings International Poetry Festival for 9/11, read by the mayor of New York at the podium. He has also been commissioned to write a eulogy by the son of Chief Albert Nwanzi Okoluko, the Ogimma Obi of Ogwashi-Uku to commemorate the death of his father. Berquez has been a judge many times, including for Manifold Magazine and had work read as part of Manifold Voices at Waltham Abbey. He has recited many times, including at The Troubadour and the Pitshanger Poets, in London. In 2006 his name was put forward with the Forward Prize for Literature. He recently was awarded a prize with Decanto Magazine. Berquez is now a member of London Voices who meet monthly in London, United Kingdom.

Vincent Berquez has also been collaborating in 07/08 with a Scottish composer and US film maker to produce a song-cycle of seven of his poems for mezzo-soprano and solo piano. These are being recorded at the Royal College of Music under the directorship of the concert pianist, Julian Jacobson. In 2009 he will be contributing 5 poems for the latest edition of A Generation Defining Itself, as well as 3 poems for Eleftheria Lialios’s forthcoming book on wax dolls published in Chicago. He also made poetry films that have been shown at various venues, including a Polish/British festival in London, Jan 07.

As an artist Vincent Berquez has exhibited world wide, winning prizes, such as at the Novum Comum 88’ Competition in Como, Italy. He has worked with an art’s group, called Eins von Hundert, from Cologne, Germany for over 16 years. He has shown his work at the Institute of Art in Chicago, US, as well as many galleries and institutions worldwide. Berquez recently showed his paintings at the Lambs Conduit Festival, took part in a group show called Gazing on Salvation, reciting his poetry for Lent and exhibiting paintings/collages. In October he had a one-man show at Sacred Spaces Gallery with his Christian collages in 2007. In 2008 Vincent Berquez had a solo show of paintings at The Foundlings Museum and in 2011 an exposition with new work in Langham Gallery London.

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