My Only Valentine – Barry Tebb

Your voice on the telephone Hushes the storm in my heart Lightning strikes twice In the same place. I cannot picture your face No photograph,…

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Sorry I Missed You – Barry Tebb

(or ‘Huddersfield the Second Poetry Capital of England Re-visited’) What was it Janice Simmons said to me as James lay dying in Ireland? “Phone Peter…

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You – Barry Tebb

“Remember, you loved me, when we were young, one day” The words of the song in Tauber’s mellifluous tenor Haunt my nights and days, make…

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The Colossus – Barry Tebb

(Goya, an old man in exile, looks at his self-portrait) A bull’s neck, still much needed, Deserving exile or the guillotine, ‘Because you are an…

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Three Songs For Mayday Morning – Barry Tebb

( I ) for ‘JC’ of the TLS Nightmare of metropolitan amalgam Grand Hotel and myself as a guest there Lost with my room rifled,…

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James Simmons R.I.P. – Barry Tebb

You were the one I wanted most to know So like yet unlike, like fire and snow, The casual voice, the sharp invective, The barbed…

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Requiescam – Barry Tebb

(May I lie in peace) Let there be grass and trees to blow And fold me in their shadow Branches to shake and leaves Turn…

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Grotty And The Quarryman – Barry Tebb

(To Paul Sykes, author of ‘Sweet Agony’) He demolished five doors at a sitting And topped it off with an outsize window One Christmas afternoon,…

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A CALL TO ARMS – Barry Tebb

It was like chucking-out time In a rough Victorian pub Cherubic Dylan was first to go Lachrymose but with a show Of strength, yelling “Buggerall,…

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The Colossus – Barry Tebb

(Goya, an old man in exile, looks at his self-portrait) A bull’s neck, still much needed, Deserving exile or the guillotine, ‘Because you are an…

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James Simmons R.I.P. – Barry Tebb

You were the one I wanted most to know So like yet unlike, like fire and snow, The casual voice, the sharp invective, The barbed…

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MY ONLY VALENTINE – Barry Tebb

Your voice on the telephone Hushes the storm in my heart Lightning strikes twice In the same place. I cannot picture your face No photograph,…

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Three Songs For Mayday Morning – Barry Tebb

( I ) for ‘JC’ of the TLS Nightmare of metropolitan amalgam Grand Hotel and myself as a guest there Lost with my room rifled,…

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You – Barry Tebb

“Remember, you loved me, when we were young, one day” The words of the song in Tauber’s mellifluous tenor Haunt my nights and days, make…

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Grotty And The Quarryman – Barry Tebb

(To Paul Sykes, author of ‘Sweet Agony’) He demolished five doors at a sitting And topped it off with an outsize window One Christmas afternoon,…

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Requiescam – Barry Tebb

(May I lie in peace) Let there be grass and trees to blow And fold me in their shadow Branches to shake and leaves Turn…

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Sorry I Missed You – Barry Tebb

(or ‘Huddersfield the Second Poetry Capital of England Re-visited’) What was it Janice Simmons said to me as James lay dying in Ireland? “Phone Peter…

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