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 Blog: Visit to the Horniman Museum

Weston-Super-Mare, June 20 2018

An infrequent visitor to CoolTan from outside London, I gained reassurance from attending Shenan’s lively and informative Self Advocacy sessions on hoarding (23/11/17), depression (23/2/18), anxiety (24/5/18) as I have suffered from all conditions, and hoarding in the past almost caused eviction from the flat which I was renting. At her I.T sessions on March 23 and May 11, I was learning about downloading images from the internet and sending photos by e mail or social media, and Twitter. Shenan explained to me what it means to follow people on Twitter, or to be followed.

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Peter’s Corner: Poem- August 26 2007, Depression on a Sunny Day

 

I’d lost a long-time job, which proved quite hard to bear.

The mornings were the worst, with moods of near-despair.

A brilliant August day. A Sunday. Mood – not best,

but could have been much worse. Deep down I felt depressed.

 

Kew Gardens – walked about, and such a sunny day.

If only there had been a cloudier sky with grey.

It helped me when I saw a label on a tree.

I liked a light large lounge in which I had some tea.

 

I’d seen the Palace too. A King and Queen stayed here.

An unused room upstairs – or so it did appear.

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Peter’s Corner: “It was the same every day.”

So you say, so you say, but how could it possibly be the same every day?

Two dinners could possibly be identical if prepared by MasterChef-winning microbiologists, and it would be possible to wear precisely the same clothes two days running although not everybody would be happy to do so, but honestly, two days could not really be anything remotely close to identical, no matter how powerful a superficial feeling of sameness and monotony in one’s life there might be.

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Peter’s Corner: A New Partner or New Shoes?

Pay Dateline fees or not? I have to choose,

but really need two pairs of decent shoes.

I don’t like dating, being rather shy,

while disappointment sometimes makes me cry.

 

And then, your sense of humour must be “good”.

I do not laugh when others think I should!

I think I will cut down a bit on booze,

then buy myself two decent pairs of shoes.

 

By Peter Cox

July 1 2006, revised Jan 18 2018

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