TONY WALSH

Tony is a Poet from Manchester, England and has recently had his profile greatly increased by his reading of the tremendous ‘This is the place’ at the vigil in Manchester for the victims of the terrorist outrage .

This Walsh poem is epic in it’s scope and perfectly captures the civic pride and defiance of that great city. I wrote a short while back about ‘Northern’ poetry and included Tony’s style in that article, so briefly he writes often in colloquial, vernacular sentences about anything and everything, touching on personal themes, social problems, emotion and life in general, never shying away from dark or sensitive subjects and often with a liberal sprinkling of humour.

I wanted to share the following from his first published collection ‘Sex and Love and Rock & Roll’ 2015. In that excellent book, scattered amongst the poems proper are small, I don’t know, haiku ? sayings ? three line wonders ? I don’t know how to describe them so I’ll just let you decide and hopefully enjoy.

 

HE FELT LIKE THE WINTERS OF CHILDHOOD,

ICE ON THE INSIDE

OF THE PANE.

 

BACK TURNED TO THE WIND,

THE SCHOOLBOY WITHOUT A COAT

LIGHTS A CIGARETTE

 

HUNCHED ON STREET CORNERS

BLANK EYES HIDDEN BENEATH CAPS

WAITING.

FOR A WAR

 

‘THINGS ARE LOOKING UP KIDS’

HE SAID,

UNVEILING THEIR FIRST POT TO PISS IN ( from: So poor we ain’t got a pot t’piss in)

 

SHE PULLED PETALS FROM DAISIES

AND THOUGHT THAT HE LOVED HER.

HE LOVED HER NOT.

 

BABY SMILING IN

A SUPERMARKET TROLLEY,

NOT FOR SALE.

SADLY

 

FLOWERS SPELL HER NAME

ANGELA,ANGELA, ANGE

ONE SET JUST SAID ‘MAM’

 

HE NEVER GUESSED THAT SHE KNEW,

BUT THEN SHE KNEW

THAT HE WOULD NEVER GUESS.

 

THE SUN ON MY DAUGHTER;

BEAMING.

 

THE NAMES TATTOOED THROUGH,

THE HEARTS ON EACH ARM WERE BLACKED OUT

BUT NOT ERASED

 

EARLY SNOW

FELL

ON MY LATE MOTHER

3 thoughts on “TONY WALSH

  1. Many thanks for posting these excellent ‘aperçus’, Nigel. I watched and heard his ‘This is the place’ Manchester poem but hadn’t otherwise come across his poetry before that. I do like being reminded of growing up with ‘mam’ rather than ‘mum’!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. And many genuine thanks for sharing your knowledge Roland, ‘apercus’ is something I was not familiar with, I myself am enjoying discovering and revisiting the verse of the north which was a direction triggered by your favourite short poem series.

      Like

  2. I remember when you mentioned his ‘This is the Place’. I watched and listened then and was certainly moved. I just listened again. Truly an amazing poem! Thanks for sharing these, Nige ! Yet another collection to add to my list.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s