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Benedict Newbery

Sep
2017
Thursday 7th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


Downturn
Benedict Newbery

In Jason’s garden, where their Great Dane crapped
in the long grass, we deployed platoons
of soldiers, battery-driven tanks. Jason wanted
for no toy in reason, his dad ran a pub in town.
His mum would ask me to stay for tea, give Jason
a pound for the ice cream van.

That summer, Jason told me he was getting
a new brother. The Great Dane died of a
heart attack. His dad lost the pub. His mum

still brought us beans on toast to perch on knees
for Saturday Grandstand on the big colour TV.
His dad, relaxed, in the armchair with a cigarette,
Pools and pen to check the scores. Around us,

salvage – stacked kettles, toasters, TV sets
in the hall and living room. Jason’s dad
making his new job work at the council tip,
for his boys, their mum. The recovery
already going on.





Benedict’s poems have been published in Ambit, Magma, Orbis, Acumen, Other Poetry, Prole, Borderlines and South Bank Poetry. He also makes poetry films – The Royal Oak was commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts.

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