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It doesn’t quite work
blunt humour and sharp asides
an immiscible blend of mateship and authority.
Rehearsed spontaneity
duets with artificial self deprecation
it brings to mind amateur dramatics.

For the next 12 months
he will be our guide, mentor, teacher
and for one or two …..executioner
the last difficult – but ruefully essential.

Our career path is demanding
high school teaching not for the uncommitted
we should be congratulated
for the foresight to choose this provider.
repeated – repeatedly.
He would like to tell us
would be irresponsible of him not to
this provider is without parallel – graduates eagerly sought.

The programme
always highly regarded
but recently improved by substantial revision
a process with which he was closely associated
“we would be foolish not to mine his expertise.”

It is two decades since he faced
adolescent curve balls in the classroom
but that is of no concern
he had been a very good teacher
one of the best.
We know that – he told us.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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