In “Professions” I wrote about “all these Tonys of the world”. This poem about work found its way into Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys, a collection of 25 poems about life, love and work for the today’s gentleboys.
Thank you to Joe Depeau for the use of his lovely photograph of Tony’s Continental in N2.
This poem is based on the day in 2012 when I finally took the plunge and bought a laptop in London. The incessant “£299 on Strand” echoes my personal obsession with the cost of things, which I really am trying to transcend in 2014 (…both the cost of things and the obsession). This close attention to price minutiae has proved fruitful for writing, though. The tallying has found it’s way into other verses: At the moment £2 and Now here is something to marvel at…
While my favourite blend of coffee is still £2,30 at my local Sainsbury’s, fortunately soya milk is back at 59p. My palate has had enough of sultanas, so now I bypass that shelf. More recently I’ve been into dates with my morning oats. Waitrose does a 250g bag for 99p and my local Cypriot greengrocer offers two trays for £1.
Pakistan’s Gold, a poem about a mango’s journey, explores the relay of fruit exports that brings the taste of summer from one place to the ingesting of summer in another.
Twenty Auspicious Cranes, presents very plainly two experiences of coincidence, captured and formulated as wonders and then taken for signs.
There are all these Tonys of the world:
Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Lebanese, Eastern European,
who own sewing-machine shops, grocery stores,
corner cafés and sometimes sell insurance.
Anthony, Antonin, Antonio and the more Teutonic, Anton.
But Anton was the opera singer
after he’d worked for a while
on the railway.
Another poem for possible inclusion in “Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys.”
If you enjoyed the above, have a look at my first published volume of work, SHINING IN BRIGHTNESS.
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