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
- Archival Poetics (Natalie Harkin 2019) 7 April 2020If Mary Oliver offered the comfort of poetry in trying times, Natalie Harkin offers poetry to unsettle. I bought this collection of three small books as a tiny act of support for Vagabond Press.
- Veep Season 3 (Armando Iannucci 2014) 7 April 2020Continuing to binge. I don't know why, but I find the characters' unremitting cruelty and obscenity in this much less funny and more disturbing than the equivalent in Iannucci's The Thick of It. Still funny, but.
- Veep Season 2 (Armando Iannucci 2013) 6 April 2020We watched the first season of Veep a long time ago. Now as we're at home even more that previously we're bingeing. It's refreshing to see a show where the offstage president may be an unscrupulous opportunist but he's not an erratic, hunch-following self-server.
- Amazon Prime: The Pier (Gerard Hurley 2011) 5 April 2020Produced, written and directed by Gerard Hurley, who is also the main actor, this feels like a very personal movie about a man reluctantly called home to Ireland from New York when told his father is dying. It's predictable, but solid.
- House of Light (Mary Oliver 1990) 5 April 2020I borrowed this from a street library – a mildly risky thing to do these days, but the consolation promised by a book of Mary Oliver poems outweighed any risk.
- Archival Poetics (Natalie Harkin 2019) 7 April 2020
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- Jennifer Maiden's Espionage Act
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- Ruby Reads 18: buckets from the stream
- Jeff Lemire and others’ Black Hammer vols 3 & 4