Peter’s Corner

Peter's Corner

‘The absurdity behind the sense, the sense behind the absurdity.’

 
Peter Cox is a participant and volunteer, and has attended CoolTan Arts for seven years. He has been involved in performing poetry, writing, petty cash records and Largactyl Shuffle walk research. Over the coming weeks, he will regularly post his thoughts on absurdity and the arts.

Peter’s Corner: Poems on Anxiety

Panic attack 4 am on May 21 2002.

Is there life after death? Who can tell?
but my fear that there isn’t is hell.
Will I perish? Oh dear, I hope not,
Still though, Heaven appeals not a lot.

Will my spirit survive? Maybe so.
Will I think, feel, remember? Don’t know.
Everlasting existence I dread,
so what IS it I wish for instead?

Would regression give some kind of cure?
Do we all have past lives? I’m not sure.
No, I can’t live my life once again
though regrets might be causing me pain,

and if reincarnated, well, damn,
I then don’t really know who I am.
4 am!. Why such feelings of dread
when … Read More »

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CALLING 111 BY PETER COX, POET AND COMPLAINANT.

(Poetry isn’t all about hosts of golden daffodils, but can be about medical helplines too)

Friday Feb 27 2015, on a train.

A crown came out. My dentists were away.
To have it put back in, I’d gladly pay.
When on the train, I felt quite well. Sun shone.
But I then thought of calling 111.

“You’re nowhere at the moment. On a train.
But when you are in London, phone again.”
The lady should have said, I now maintain
“We cannot help you, for you’re not in pain.”

Feb 27 in London.

Calls 2 and 3 were quite absurdly long.
They couldn’t help. Oh dear, what HAD gone wrong?

Feb 27, call … Read More »

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In Praise of Cooltan by Peter Cox.

I am Peter Cox, B.A, 67 year old single man with autism only diagnosed in 2007. OCD, hoarding and anxiety issues, and three past episodes of depression, who thanks to the kind offer from CoolTan Arts in January 2016,has written regular blogs published on CoolTan’s website under the title of Peter’s Corner.  I have also written in praise of CoolTan in CoolTan’s 25th anniversary online book, which is accompanied by quite a flattering photograph of me, much nicer than my passport photo in which I look decidedly grumpy.

While I had paid clerical office jobs 1973-2007, writing was a major hobby but … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Who do you think you are?

The question “Who are you?” is usually a challenge to someone considered to be an intruder, while “Who do you think you are?” is not usually a question but an angry criticism of someone who appears arrogant and overbearing.

However, who do you think you are? has now become a way of asking someone “What kind of ancestors do you imagine you have?”, and this is one way of identifying yourself as opposed to giving your name, age, place of birth and occupation if any.

I was interested to find that Gary Lineker has an ancestor in the early 19th century who was a legal … Read More »

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