Poetry & Writing

THE SHORT STORY WRITER

I was critical of a joke on the back of a matchbox- ” What do you call a midget who writes novels? A short story writer”.

The word “midget” was, of course, in dubious taste. But also, the joke was flawed. In the term “short story writer”, the word short goes with story, as we don’t usually speak merely of story-writers..

A writer who is short can be a short writer, but a short story writer who is short must always be a short short story writer.

Maybe the short short story writer in short shorts (long shorts that he cut short ) … Read More »

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A farrago of the musical-  and unmusical

 

 

 

A SONG

The song’s called “I can’t sing”.
Which means you have to talk.
“New York” you say ” New York”.
or “I can’t sing a thing”.
You talk. Musicians play.
You cannot sing- no way.
You talk. That isn’t wrong.
For this is still a song.

A song that isn’t sung.
I know it sounds far flung.
You say “I’m still quite young”.
Or even “Who flung dung”.
Again you say “New York”.
Full orchestra. You talk.
“New Yorkers flung that dung
They’re talked of, but unsung”.

Goes on, but not for all that long.
No hit, but still a song.
A song called “I can’t sing,
I just can’t sing a thing”.

 

CAN SING OR CAN’T SING..

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My Greatest Memory

 

It was March of 1984, the spring term. It had started well. Julia and I got on nicely although we were never lovers or that close. We looked into each other’s eyes. That was very romantic but it never got better than that. She was ambitious and wanted to ‘get on with her life’ and I was just ordinary, with no clue what I wanted to do. We would bump into each other and smile shyly but then suddenly I didn’t see her around so much. She was clearly keeping to ground, involved in her new standing as college newspaper … Read More »

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