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Watching The Review Show With Kirsty Wark/Watching Newsnight Review With Mark Lawson

His voice and her voice – I like Scotland

better than Scotland on TV.  Everywhere.

And James Fox isn’t James Fox.

Since when was James Fox not James Fox.  Emilia Fox is Emilia Fox.

I heard her say she was working class once.

My wife’s grandfather was a Lord. I am a Lord.

I am draconian and extending wars.  Needlessly.

All wars are needed. I mean needless.  I mean

all men are saints.  Not heroes.  Or where is Bonnie Greer.

Sometimes I would listen to Bonnie Greer and only

after she’d finished talking would I realise she wasn’t Germaine Greer.

Masterchef Australia. I want to see Tom Paulin squirm.

I mean squirm in a good way. I didn’t even know he was a poet. I didn’t know poetry then.

I knew The Strokes and I knew late night soft core porn on Channel 4.

And Mark Kermode.  Not Lawson. Christ, I’ve just realised

Tom Paulin might be Scottish.  Christ, I’ve just googled Tom Paulin

and he’s an Ulsterman.  Once, years before they tore Newsnight

Review open, my friend told me that Gordon Burns was an Ulsterman.

Look, James Fox looks nothing like James Fox even though

Laurence Fox looks sort of like James Fox,

even though Emilia Fox has a student loan. She keeps getting

letters from the student loan company.

She couldn’t go away to university because her

brother was already away at university so she worked weekends

at Tesco and Sainsburys and Somerfields

where they gave her a grey coat. It’s within

the context of a film. Like American Beauty.

I definitely remember Mark Lawson

and Ekow Eshun and Tom Paulin

and Germaine/Bonnie Greer talking about American Beauty

Like I definitely remember Kirsty Wark

on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.


About michaeleganpoetry

Liverpool based poet and editor. I have had four pamphlets of poetry published, most recently After Stikklestad (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). Penned in the Margins published my first collection, Steak & Stations, in 2010.

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