National Poetry Day

As it’s National Poetry Day today and the theme for this year is “games”, we thought we’d post a poem from the Sideshow exhibition that is loosely linked. Enjoy!


Strawweight by Will Burns


It’s not a weight you hear of much today

in fighting, since they closed up all the booths.

Gone like a day’s work, or an old folk song.

Once, amid the gaslights, Lonsdale Champions and

mahogany drawers full of dead butterflies

he’d netted and collected as a boy,

he smoked in pubs and learned the local songs.

Now he sits and waits for me to come;


To listen to his stories, make his tea

and hear about the gradual decline

from fast enough his fist blew out the lamps

to faculties eroded by some other folk process.

The morning came, we went to see a football match,

he could not sing, and twice, forgot my name.


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