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Makers and Destroyers
Glasgow poems. The author’s hame toun.
A 1960’s street-level portrait of the hammers and tongs coal-fired world that was soon to be replaced and improved.
Or maybe not.
We need a judge and jury on this; I bagsy the judge, yous can be the jury.
The Sex Doctor
When bras and panties don’t work, and sorries are not on the cards, there is always the police.
The potent mix of ambition and greed stirred in life’s pot with a fair dose of bile until converted to guilt. With guilt comes blame and then, in turn, the victim. Fate’s long teasing game played with our life is explored in this biography of sorts. It’s all true, especially the lies.
Love’s Troublesome Journey
Central to the human experience and always losing.
Is it love, need it always be trouble and how can it be a journey if you end up back where you started without having left? Oh, and how come he knows so much about love? All this is made clear in this collection.
The Belt Room
A cross my heart true collection about some more than average tough schools in Glasgow during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
It especially considers the use of the belt as a standard pedagogic technique; the author is well qualified to comment. The final record of that double belted generation who are now on life’s home run.
Curriculum For Excellence
Inspired by school. And written without any irony intended in the title. I’m all in favour of excellence.
Now that the committee has finally been worked out what has been the problem with previous curricula, these poems are freed from the need to parody our Scottish education system.