The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
A giant leap,
the fuzzy pictures on the old TV,
Neil Armstrong’s drawl on a line of static, the earth so small in his black visor
and my father, like a gramophone record
with the needle stuck, saying over and over
again that the world was changed, how there’d be a new tomorrow wait and see.
That same year, that same TV,
policemen charging into a crowd
sitting on the bridge in Derry. Shrill voices breaking across the air-waves.
Just one small step.
James Caruth was born in Belfast and lived there until 1982 before moving to Cape Town, South Africa. He now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. His first collection, A Stone’s Throw, was published by Staple Press in 2007.