Val Kirkham: the Collected Poems

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Lulu.com, Sep 11, 2008 - 190 pages
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Val Kirkham is a Yorkshire poet now living in Lancashire. This is a collected edition of her life work so far. It is wide-ranging and varied. She knows a great deal about the pain and pleasure of love, and writes about it with searing honesty. She trained as a chef and has worked in a zoo, a banqueting outfit, a mediaeval castle, and an American college. In 1982 she decided to hang up her apron and devote herself to writing, saying she would go back to work when she got bored. She has not got bored yet. She was a performance poet in the 80s, in the North West. Adrian Henri once gasped at one of her poems, and the editor of Lancashire Life called her "the predatory sexual voice cruising in the fast lane of poetry". She sprang to national fame after reading poetry in a jacuzzi. She has been on radio and tv. You will be thrilled, chilled, brought to laughter and tears by this woman's perception and insight. If you are a prude or object to strong language, better pass this one by.
 

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Contents

Look At Me and Remember Poem Page 1 A Hundred Times a Day
5
Song for John
6
Where is John?
7
Prizegiving at Swire Smith School
8
You are Raging Within Me
9
Beautiful Brian
10
Running from Roger 14 Celebration 15 A Screwing Sensation
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Of Course I Want You
12
Now
90
Dont Ask
91
Romans in My Garden
92
The Frog
93
The Invocation of the God
94
Music Hath Charms
95
The Psychic Vampire
96
Why do her Flowers Grow?
98

The Third Man
13
Brian Writes from Hong Kong
14
Love in the Zoo Poem Page 21 Song on a Misty Morning
15
Dont Drown in the Awful Sea
16
Nobody Since Frank
17
Lovers Quarrel
18
Love in the Zoo
19
Daves Song
20
End of an Idyll
21
Sandra
22
My Mother
23
The Flowers Were Still Alive
24
Too Much Woman For Me Poem Page 34 Island Magic
26
Sensuality
27
Look Dont Touch
28
Men of Whitby
29
Goodbye Ron
30
Please Stay
31
Seven Months Down the Drain
32
Thaw
34
One in Seven
35
People in South Africa
36
Valentine for a Voluptuary Poem Page 49 Love Story
37
Character
38
Reed in the Wind
39
The Man Who Put Indoor Tennis on the Map
40
Not for Me
41
Rules for a Mistress
42
You Cannot Be Serious
43
The Illusionist
44
The Joy of Loving
45
Gemini Man
46
Valentine for a Voluptuary
47
Alter Ego
48
Fortune
49
Frost
50
Three Men in My Life Poem Page 71 After All
51
Lonely
52
Anna per Ardua Astra
53
Closetta Désirée Bagwash
54
The Famous Drummer
55
Touring
56
Poor Cow
57
Look
58
Janet
59
Get On Your Bike
60
The Wife and the Mistress
61
Dear Daughter
62
Three Men in My Life
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Six Inch Mary from Hong Kong
65
Timeslip
68
When We Were Alive Poem Page 90 Butterfly I
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The Man Whose Wife is Death
71
Evening Raga
72
Gone Not But Forgotten
73
The Physicist and the Mystic
74
Butterfly III
75
I Unchanging
76
The AntiChauvinist
77
Fear the Gentle Man
78
The Suicide
79
The Smiling Monk
81
Healthy Living
82
Questions
83
Take Me to the Bluebell Wood Poem Page 109 Happy Birthday
84
Southern Comfort
85
The Child Whom Nobody Loved
86
Roman Skeleton at Bath
87
Consider the Lily
89
ExHusband
99
Grandmothers Funeral
101
Hearts Desire
102
The SameYesterday Tomorrow and Today
103
Nor Iron Bars
104
You Spent a Week with Her
105
When a Man Invades a Woman
106
What Will You Do When You Get Home?
107
The Rain
108
Lines From Prison
109
Nine OClock and All is Not Well
110
Cross Purposes
111
A Dream Haunts Me
113
Tunnel of Love?
114
Natural Selection
115
Q E D
116
Earth Mysteries Poem Page 158 The Bloody Tyrant
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The Beastly Butcher
118
Earth Mysteries
120
Mission Impossible
121
Psycho Analysis
122
Now I Remember
123
The Sexual Athlete
124
All the Perfumes of India
125
Here Come the Band
126
Together Again
127
Two Witches
128
Mrs Kirkham Regrets
129
Why Does He Bleat On?
130
Im Not Shocked
131
Drawing the Line
132
Welcome to the Club
133
Future Perfect
134
Times Winged Chariot
135
It Was Camp for Dockyard Doris
136
Dances with a Brown Bear Poem Page 183 Dances with a Brown Bear
137
John Donlans Box
141
Dancing
142
Child of the Comet
143
Romani in Aethere
144
What if?
145
Two Warriors
146
Perseus and Andromeda
147
Call from a Stranger
148
Biter Bit
149
Last Thoughts
150
Waiting Game
151
PleasureDome
153
This is Where We Came in
154
Poetry
155
In the Country of the Blind Poem Page 206 In the Country of the Blind
156
Says it All
157
Emotional Cripples
159
Sign Language
160
Rara Avis
161
Rose by Another Name
162
Schizophrenic
163
Wooden Doll
164
So I Went Round Next Door
165
Hands
167
Reformed Character
168
Rubbish
170
When I Lost You
172
Wouldnt Have You
173
Reasons to be Cheerful
174
The Sexiest Binman in Pendle
175
Biographical Note
189
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