Friday, 23 July 2010

Arts N' Crafts

by John Cooper Clarke

Out of bed into the Shed
To paint the wooden roses red
To ride a rocking quadruped
With a big idea in your head

Form and function in a line
The rudiments of good design
From the oaken leg to the fine wine
To table tops of melamine

There's nothing that you couldn't make
No effect you couldn't fake
A pebble sprayed with metal flake
Would make a precious paperweight

Teddy bears to stuff with stuff
Like nylon mink from a lady's muff
Cotton balls and a powder puff
Pom poms and pocket fluff

Stainless steel and a rock hard aura
The marble glance of a lost explorer
A heavy heart for the love of Nora
Chains of flowers on a draped amphora

Time time time to slay
Each crowded hour of every day
Where indolence is kept at bay
In an arty-crafy kinda way

In the 1970's, John Cooper Clarke was the supporting act for bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and Joy Division. Given the moniker of 'punk poet', his poems with their 'biting, satirical, political and very funny verse' soon brought him a huge following, his own gigs and recognition as 'one of England's most important poets and performers.'

John Cooper Clarke will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 13 - 19 August 2010.


  1. How exciting to live in such a 'happening' place as Edinburgh--poetic, historical...I'd love to go to this event!

  2. Would love to go too but it doesn't start until 2330. Quite a challenge for someone who can hardly stay awake after 2200!!

    Lots happening in Edinburgh over the next month or so...Book Festival, Fringe Festival, International Festival, Jazz, Comedy...



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