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
- Southerly 78.3: Violence (Editor Elizabeth McMahon 2019) 23 November 2020Southerly is one of many Australian cultural projects that is in trouble under the current government. This is a brilliant issue.
- When the Dust Settles / Når støvet har lagt sig (Dorte Warnøe Høgh, Ida Maria Rydén 2020) 23 November 2020Bill Bryson's view of the Danes always ready for a cheerfully intoxicated good time doesn't apply here. It traces the lives of a number of people in the days before a terrorist attack and, presumably, after.
- MumSeason 2 (Stefan Golaszewski 2018) 22 November 2020This film about two humans surrounded by grotesques is still funny and still almost unbearable.
- The Crown Season 4 (Peter Morgan 2020) 15 November 2020According to IMDB, this is the fourth of six projected seasons. This is the one where Diana Spencer makes her appearance. And Maggie Thatcher, who is presented in counterpoint to her. Is it wrong to want Jeffrey Epstein to have a cameo role?
- What They Had (Elizabeth Chomko 2018) 14 November 2020A woman has fairly early stage dementia. Her husband and two adult children are at odds about what is to be done. Terrific performances, and some recognisable moments.
- Southerly 78.3: Violence (Editor Elizabeth McMahon 2019) 23 November 2020
TagsABC Alison Croggon art Australian Women Writers Challenge children's literature comics David Brooks David Malouf doggerel editing Elizabeth McMahon First Nations history Jeff Sparrow Jennifer Maiden journals Judith Beveridge memoir non-fiction Novel NSWPLA Overland Pam Brown phone photo poetry Quarterly Essay science fiction/fantasy Sydney Writers' Festival The School Magazine translation
- November verse 17: Homonyms
- November verse 16: A walk to the shops
- November verse 15: An initial response to a work by Danie Mellor
- November verse 14: On waking from a dream of a friend
- November verse 13: Maggie Thatcher’s Curtsey
- November verse 12: Post-procedure
- November verse 11: Prepping
- November verse 10: On a painting
- November Verse 9 & Proust Progress Report 15
- November verse 8: From conversations with a person who is almost three
- November verse 7 & Jeanette Winterson’s Weight
- November verse 6: While they’re counting
- November Verse 5 and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
- November verse 4: Midnight over there
- November Verse 3