He ends with some denials. ‘I’ve never ever
called a person bitch. It’s not my lingo
(I just read out letters). And I’ve never
likewise called her liar. It’s a thing, though,
the way she promises no tax forever,
she says East Timor, then Malaysia. Ringo
changed his tune less often. Fuel watch!
Liar’s an awful word, but she’s a botch.
‘I didn’t say that women are destroying
the joint – I know it’s on the tape like that,
but I meant just some women. It’s annoying:
I defend them, fund them, I go in to bat
for women ‘cos they don’t waste time enjoying
red wine and cigars at lunch. My hat
is tipped to tough ones who excel in arts.
I don’t despise their gender, just some parts.
‘I’m here to face the music, clear the air
in person, not on paper. Them that flogs
their products on my show will see I’m fair.
I thank you all for coming. Go the Dogs!’
Go, not so little poem, to Lord knows where,
but first to readers’ eyes by way of blogs.
It’s Jones who speaks in almost every line:
The words that do not please are surely mine.
WP Bookblog Listing
- On Earth we're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong 2019) 27 October 2020From the Book Club.
- Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa 2019) 25 October 2020A brilliant Polish movie starring Bartosz Belienia as a young man released from juvenile detention who through a combination of desire and accident finds himself acting as parish priest in a village, and winning the respect of the parishioners. It turns out he's a Christ figure, though no resurrection in sight.
- SBS On Demand: Spooks Season 9 (David Wolstoncroft 2010) 23 October 2020We thought we'd seen all of Spooks years ago, and that these were new episodes. They are a decade old, it turns out, and maybe a little tired, but still fun. Take home message: trust no one.
- The Coal Curse (Judith Brett 2020) 20 October 2020Quarterly Essay Nº 78, subtitled 'Resources, climate and Australia's future,' and written before Covid–19 took most of the oxygen out of conversation about the climate.
- Netflix: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin 2020) 18 October 2020Apart from a couple of overblown moments, in particular the final moments in the courtroom, this is terrific. It doesn't have that Aaron Sorkin look-at-how-many-big-words-I-can-say-in-ten-seconds performance. Sacha Baron Cohen's clowning is well in check. It made me want to reread Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago and rewatch Hask […]
- On Earth we're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong 2019) 27 October 2020
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