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.
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- Home Again (Hallie Meyers-Shier 2017) 21 October 2017The best thing about this movie is that it gave a youngish woman writer director a go. I did laugh a couple of times, but the best laugh was when the young women behind me gasped at one of a particularly sexist lines – that is to say, their relish of the moment amplified it enough for me to enjoy it too. Mostly, despite Rees Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Ca […]
- Chernobyl Prayer (Svetlana Alexievich 1997, trans Anna Gunin & Arch Tait 2016) 21 October 2017Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013. The Book Group continues its Soviet theme.
- Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve 2017) 20 October 2017Is there a word that means 'bombastic' but has entirely positive connotations? That's the word I want to use about this movie. And as someone asked on Twitter, 'What happened to Deckard's dog?'
- Descender Vol 4: Orbital Mechanics (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen and others 2017) 19 October 2017A tiny life in jeopardy as the whole galaxy is on the brink of war. Similar concern to Blade Runner's to challenge the human–machine dichotomy.
- Before We Die (Wilhelm Behrman & Niklas Rockström 2017) 19 October 2017A new Nordic crime series with Marie Richardson as the main cop who has no idea what her son, played by Adam Pålsson, is up to.
- Home Again (Hallie Meyers-Shier 2017) 21 October 2017
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