Ten Ways to Avoid Lending Your Wheelbarrow to Anybody – Adrian Mitchell

I was randomly browsing pictures of people in wheelbarrows, as you do, and this came up…

Wheelbarrow Man by R E Roberts.


Reminded me of this fun poem… (Hope it’s been a good April! Time for May.)

Ten Ways to Avoid Lending Your Wheelbarrow to Anybody

by Adrian Mitchell


May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
I didn’t lay down my life in World War II
so that you could borrow my wheelbarrow.


May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
Unfortunately Lord Goodman is using it.

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Tristan Tzara – Edward Hirsch

My favourite poem. Please read it to the end.

Painting: Aquis submersus by Max Ernst


Tristan Tzara

by Edward Hirsch

There is no such things as a dada lecture

a manifesto is addressed to the whole world

I am opposed to every system except one

love is irrational and you are the reason

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Book-inspired art by Harland Miller

Speaking of Penguin and Phil Shaw, Harland Miller also comes to mind. Please check out his website and those category titles (you can find Ernest Hemingway under “The Macho Shit”). And here’s his work on Charles Bukowski:



As we’re on this topic, here’s an animal poem by Charles Bukowski.

the mockingbird

by Charles Bukowski

the mockingbird had been following the cat
all summer
mocking mocking mocking
teasing and cocksure;
the cat crawled under rockers on porches
tail flashing
and said something angry to the mockingbird
which I didn’t understand.

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The most blonde woman in the world – Judy Grahn

I read this poem years ago, and decided to make Helen from Crooked Step a blonde.

Painting: Medusa by Maria Rivans


The most blonde woman in the world
by Judy Grahn

The most blonde woman in the world
one day threw off her skin
her hair, threw off her hair, declaring
‘Whosoever chooses to love me
chooses to love a bald woman
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