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Simon JacksonSimon Jackson writes poetry, plays, films and music. His poetry is published internationally and translated into five languages. His collection, Fragile Cargo, was published in 2011. His short films with Scottish poets and Billy Bragg have been screened by the BBC and in film festivals around the world. Over twenty of his plays have been performed, his last being The Guardian's Pick of the Week for Scottish Theatre, and he has been awarded more than twenty literary prizes. He's never come close to making a living through art. He plays sax, chases his young children and runs the Drama Department of an International School in Shanghai.

 

 


 

 

A Whoop of Gorillas

 

It reminds me of the chimps’ tea party

I saw at the zoo as a child,

or the gurning gorilla in lipstick picture

that used to be in the local bar, or worse,

of the gaudily painted Indian Chief,

carved in wood to sell cigars,

cheapening and commodifying

the peace pipe and religious totem

in one, clumsily painted swoop.

It’s the coarsely stereotyped golliwog,

bright red banana lips

as if swollen by anaphylactic reaction to jam,

a term from an earlier age

of casual, innocent species and racism.

They should be wearing blue blazers,

shorts, school caps, swigging from

ginger ale flasks, as they bound into the funfair,

not emerging silent, powerful, regal,

nostrils flared at the alien reek of petrol,

from the last fronds of forest standing.

 

 

 

 

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