Academic journal article Hecate

Passing

Academic journal article Hecate

Passing

Article excerpt

1.

playful constructivist

Michael Farrell says

of his mate Mark Jones

maybe you can look him up

he likes to meet a passing poet

in Paris

but gai Paris shakes out its love

triangles like Delaunay's red tower

hung from the ankles

in Francis Bacon's butcher's shop

my wig blows off

I do not pass at all as

poet man or woman

but laugh

myself to bits

as I pass

into this last

paste-up

2.

my grammarian mother likes to parse

and loves the joke

how does St Peter tell if it's a teacher

at the gate

who's there? he asks

it is I, says she

I, Adele Roma née Gordon

it is I, who come, she says

no one talks like that no more

it's, like, so passé

St Peter says

touchée she gasps

and falls back into

the classroom

where the electronic console

flashes and beeps

the kids are all on smart phones

now try to teach

grammar

grandma

but she finds a life of sorts

pops up Instagrammarian

look who we've dragged

back from the dead

for our, like, relief

teach their caption

goes

3.

who's that croaking in my choir

it's moi

but I do sort of speak Frog

out! …

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