Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

After Gael Turnbull

Now that April's Here

It's raining on the brussels sprouts.
The fire is smoking in the grate.
Macmillan says he has no doubts.
Will Oxford beat the Cambridge eight?

Some bright intervals tomorrow.
Sixpence on a football pool.
Seven percent if you want to borrow.
Charles is settling down at school.

Put the Great back in Great Britain.
Write a letter to The Times.
Lots of fun with Billy Butlin.
It's a poem if it rhymes. 

                                                             GT, 1957


After Gael Turnbull

The gales are battering the trees.
The broadband signal's breaking up.
Cam says no to refugees.
Will Andy win the Davis Cup? 

There'll be flooding on the levels.
Buy a ticket, scratch and see.
The SNP are bloody devils.
Labour's under Jeremy.

Scotland's fallen off the map.
The First Great Western's running late.
The EU is a load of crap.
It's Faber, so it must be great.

                                                            LD, 2015

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Pete Spence had a stroke recently. But he's back on the ball having just produced a new magazine, Soluble Edge: cover by Jeremy Balius, artwork by Henry Denander, poems by Pete himself plus Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Jim Leftwich, Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, Mark Young, Barbara Henning, Mitch Highfill, Chris Barron, Vincent Katz, Sheila Murphy, Matvei Yankelevich, Louis Armand, D J Huppatz, Anna Couani, Cam Lowe, Bill Berkson, Toby Fitch, Elizabeth Gertsakis and Ariel Riveros Pavez. Soluble Edge is to be an annual project, available from the editor