Verse 8: At 35 weeks
You used to call each other Stinky
when first in love – as pet names go,
a little odd. But you were dinky-
di. We watched you thrive and grow
together, get jobs, win promotions,
make a home, fly over oceans
more than once. The sweet stink stayed
for fourteen years. The nest was made.
On Saturday a baby shower
marked the end of DINKish days,
and she-who’s-now-a-lump will raise
the stinky level, like a flower
that opens in the radiant dawn.
It’s just five weeks until she’s born
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- The Split Season 2 (Abi Norman 2020) 22 September 2020Marriages are splitting up or not all over the place. The second season of this show is as excellent as the first. There are no baddies. Well, there is one, played by the excellent Ben Bailey Smith.
- The Translators (Régis Roinsard 2019) 20 September 2020This has been compared to Knives Out. I see why, but this is much more fun than that It's a locked room mystery and its elaborate twists aren't really surprising, but I loved every minute of it – helped perhaps by this being only the third time I've been to the movies in six months or so. Eight translators are locked in a high-security locatio […]
- Wallander, Season 2 (Henning Mankell 2010–2011) 15 September 2020Eleven 90-minute episodes! I prefer this to the British version with its strange disjunct between English regional accents and Swedish settings. Krister Henrikkson as Kurt Wallander is more convincingly downbeat than Kenneth Branagh who can't help carrying some Royal Shakespeare Company glamour with him.
- Puerto Rico Strong (Many people 2018) 13 September 2020An anthology of short comics designed to raise funds for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane María and Trump's US active failure to help.
- Belvoir: A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf, Carissa Licciardello & Tom Wright) 12 September 2020Back to the live theatre in a half-full theatre, a mostly masked audience – a handful of people refused for reasons or unreasons of their own. I've never read Virginia Woolf's essay, and this was a terrific way of encountering it. Anita Hegh's rendering of it was weird for about the first third – the music of the sentences rendered in a way no […]
- The Split Season 2 (Abi Norman 2020) 22 September 2020
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