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Dad, the Donkey’s on Fire (1994) Kake Yourself Comfortable

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Why We Need Libraries

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Pit Closure as Art

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Lilian’s Poem

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Death’s Feet

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Husband and Wife

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Tempest Avenue

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Deaths from Ice Cream

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Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley

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Visit

Early Train, Rain, Wombwell Station

Poem Occasioned by the High Incidence of Suicide

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amongst the Unemployed

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Song for Roof Building

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The Force of His Storm Knocked Me from My Stool 19 Moon River: Lives of the Great Comedians 20 Henry’s Skeleton, George’s Leg 21 Jesus Died from Eating Curtains 23 Stone, I Presume 24 Point of Transit 25 Still Life Life 26 Realism (Nothing is Ever Finished) 28 Dad, the Donkey’s on Fire 29

Stories

Poetry Matters

The Route to Work

Whatever Happened to Freddie Galloway?

Grisp the Wheel at Ten Past Two

There’s Always a Man in a Cardigan

Just Like Ours Except for the Ducks

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On the Closure of Cadeby Colliery

Title (Northumberland June 11th/12th 1987)

Slow Thaw

In Fear of Abstraction

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