Category Archives: Poems

Suzanne's poem she read

Suzanne’s prize-winning poem for English teachers and waitresses/waiters everywhere… Keep Them All When you wait tables or teach, you don’t quitone job for another. You keep them both,keep them all because you need the money. You skip a lot of … Continue reading

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Cosy Biscuit by Roger McGough

A poem with a slightly skewed perspective on work… Cosy BiscuitWhat I wouldn’t give for a nine to fiveBiscuits in the right hand drawer,teabreaks, and typists to mentally undress. The same faces. Somewhere to hangyour hat and shake your umbrella.Cosy. … Continue reading

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Slough by John Betjeman

I grew up near Slough and Maidenhead. Even The Lonely Planet’s guidebook to England tells you “Don’t go there.” I’m with Betjeman. Note he wrote this just prior to World War Two. Come, friendly bombs, and fall on SloughIt isn’t … Continue reading

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Night Mail by W.H.Auden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmq6mFAEqNQ 3 extracts: This is the Night Mail crossing the border,Bringing the cheque and the postal order,Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,The shop at the corner and the girl next door.Pulling up Beattock, a steady climb:The gradient’s against … Continue reading

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William Topaz McGonagall

Poet and tragedian of Dundee, has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language… A self-educated hand loom weaver from Dundee, he discovered his discordant muse in 1877 and embarked upon a 25 year … Continue reading

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Exploring other worlds

Spoken Word open mic 21h00 this Wednesday 30th Jan. at l’Ogre à Plumes , 49/50 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud. Métro Parmentier. opening at 21h00 with songs by Liam, Erica Stefanos and Conrad previewing their concert at the Maroquinerie. Theme: Exploring … Continue reading

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A New Suit by Neil Uzzell

Last week I bought a new suit.I’ve only worn it once,but I think if I put it onIt could start wearing me. So it hangs there,in the closet.gathering dust. Before I bought it,I stood there in the dressing room mirror,staring … Continue reading

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Bitter Valentine by David Barnes

Last year I sent you flowersBut this year – none of that crapThis year I sent youA Venus Fly Trap You gave me your heartNow you’re asking for it backWell I’ve cut it into piecesAnd I’ve fed it to my … Continue reading

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Once upon a time…/Cinderella and the big bad wolf (by Alexa)

You beautiful tattooed bastardThe moment we met –bam!– couldn’t stop thinking of youDamned if I did, damned if I didn’t…round and round it went in my headCouldn’t decide better–with or without?Going that extra mileTo your houseIn the snow This Cinderella’s … Continue reading

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Interesting Times for Generation Zed by David Barnes

These are interesting times for generation ZDescending to the UndergroundYou pick up what is saidThere’s a tension in the news todayThat’ll tear your nerves to shredsAs the suicides all take their seatsSeven bullets to the head These are interesting times … Continue reading

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