2 Poems by Richard Barrett

reasons for not writing poetry
 
short-sightedness

interest in chess

mother

zeitgeist

character and personality

dramatic skills

Carlos

affinity with Dickens

repressed sexuality

car accident

second car accident

smoking

life in boarding-houses

Oblomovism

interest in cricket

interest in cinema

interest in Nietzsche

Nazism

amorous interludes

family ties

shyness

dislike of France and French

dislike of Germany and Germans

appearance

holiday in Margate

golf

taste in clothes

health

electro convulsive treatment

moralistic pose

Freud

death of several friends

misogyny

religion

snobbery

political opinion

attitude to homosexuality

attitude towards prostitution

wartime philosophy

mental deterioration

house-hunting holiday in Hunstanton

Hyde Park Gate

MGM

alcoholism

Paulette Goddard

Marxism

sadism

optimism

egotism

marital relations

depression

football

career problems

character changes

impossibility of domestic life

finances

walking

holiday in Greece

bounders relapse

cirrhosis of the liver

dream of a rhyming slang dictionary

The above poem first appeared in Parameter magazine. If you liked it, you can find out more: here

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OFFICE 4

 

non-verbal threads strung between

our connections of lip-curl and spectacle adjustment

exclusivity awareness the commonly overlooked

circumscribes us and

the secret language               rebuilding

Salford in a second               all other remained

stationary     //not solid to touch

palimpsest analogy               with earliest known marks

:public discourse of

weekend enquiries and workplace assistance

talk as disguise               unnecessary archaeology

to               uncover meaning

not without weight nor worth dismissal

renaissance dream of learning leaning progression

just a pause on the way               propagated to pretend

against any movement at all     //

 

I see your holiday photo’s               next year

 

we might be there together

 

 

Richard Barrett lives and works in Salford. His poetry has appeared in publications such as The Ugly Tree, The Delinquent and Great Works.A paper delivered at the University of Salford’s May conference on the group The Fall is due to be published soon. He is currently working on an essay for the site Popmatters on the recurrence of the character of the heavy drinker in a lot of recent Scottish fiction.
 
 
 
 

 

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