The Manchester Review
Matthew Welton
Four-letter words
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On 9 February 2008 Larry Goves' setting of this poem was performed as part of a special Lancaster concert hosted by Psappha. Click here to view the performance as a webcast on the Psappha website.


Push your door shut. Turn down your lamp.
Pour your self some coke. Grab some blue-bean soup.

Some days here it’ll feel like it’ll grow warm; some days it’ll rain.
Take down your book. Play with your biro. Doze till noon.

Then, when some nice dumb idea gets into your mind,
Tune into that folk rock show.

Don’t talk. Don’t stir.

Next – oops! – some tiny grey bugs will fall onto your desk.
Don’t shoo them away.

Don’t shoo them away.