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Ducks and cover

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Galley Beggar Press, £14.99, pp1020 . Why, I asked some months back, in these pages, do the protagonists in American fiction these days seem so lost? What is it they’re all so het up about? Well… everything. At least according to the narrator of Ducks, Newburyport. Lucy Ellmann’s monster novel [...]

I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

‘your broken heart’

for Rich Hardcastle  y ….you ….y ….Yeah yo ….you ….yo ….You’re you ….You’re ….you ….your your ….You’re ….your ….Yours your[ ] ….Amazon.co.uk ….mum’s ….cruel your b ….ballbag ….b ….bezzies your br ….br ….brothers ….brother your bro ….bro ….brothers ….brother your brok ….brok ….broken ….book your broke ….broken ….broke ….bloke your broken ….broken-down ….broken ….broken-hearted your [...]

Odd couplet

My parents said that onions went ‘with everything’ — but kept a separate chopping board for onions.

Yesterday

1200 Regimental Remembrance service, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate 1315 Receive call-up papers (from Mother), Costa, Aldgate East

A poet’s room (after Oppen)

A poet’s room, these days, is probably his girlfriend’s, or an upstairs corner of his mother’s house – unless, with luck, he’s made it big, or, being smart, just married into money.