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John Whitworth is one of those fattish, baldish, backward-looking, provincial poets in which England is so rich. His last collection, Being the Bad Guy (Peterloo, 2007) was praised by Les Murray. Good on him. His tenth, Girlie Gangs, will be published in June 2012 by Enitharmon, doubtless to universal acclaim.
Hi there, Joolz, my name’s Joe Blossom.
No, it genuinely is.
Just to say your vlog is awesome,
Absolutely does the biz,
That’s not like because you’re pretty.
Pretty isn’t what I meant.
I live in a different city,
In a different continent.
Miles and miles and miles divide us.
You are there and I am here.
Yet I’m richer than King Midas,
Sharing in your vlogosphere.
Chances are we’ll never meet, or
If, an age away, we do,
Still I’ll not have found a sweeter,
Beautifuller girl than you.
So I’m going to watch you daily
(I don’t watch just any shit)
And I’ll play my ukulele.
This is me like playing it.
Joolz, I love you. There, I’ve said it,
Thought I wouldn’t. Anyhow,
Out of time and out of credit,
I’m Joe Blossom. Bye for now.
©2012 John Whitworth
John Whitworth at Poetry PF
Interview with Whitworth in Desperado
Peterloo Poets: publisher of several Whitworth collections