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    Duffy in Places

    "Duffy in Places," a series of sketches by Adrian Henri
    of Carol Ann Duffy made between 1978 and 1981


    In Ottakar's, Basingstoke, Betjeman rates
    a whole shelf. I pick up a slim Larkin
    and Carol Ann's Selected Poems,
    remember her in Mount St., Liverpool,
    a slight figure in Adrian's larger shadow,
    captured in his haiku or sketched
    windswept near the Eiffel Tower or
    on the Staten Island Ferry, a dark-
    haired girl who brought me coffee laced
    with connie onnie in a thick mug
    -- in retrospect, a rocket in a jamjar.
    Later, in Ludlow, a bookshop stuffed
    with Housman; I read Duffy under
    blossoms as the caretaker locks
    the Castle for the night. A milkmaid
    fetches revolution to yeoman farmers.

    Christopher T. George

    "connie onnie" is Liverpudlian for condensed milk. Probably superfluous information for Yo Liverpool members.


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    Carol Ann Duffy in Places

    In Ottakers, Basingstoke, Betjeman rates
    a whole shelf. I pick up a slim Larkin
    and Carol Ann Duffy's Selected Poems,
    remember her in Mount St., Liverpool,
    a slight figure in Adrian's large shadow,
    captured in his haiku or sketched by him
    windswept with Eiffel Tower behind her,
    and on the Staten Island Ferry, a dark-
    haired girl who brought me coffee laced
    with connie onnie in a thick mug
    -- in retrospect, a rocket in a jamjar.
    Later, in Ludlow, I find a bookshop
    stuffed with Housman; I read Duffy
    under blossoms as the caretaker locks
    the Castle for the night; a milkmaid
    fetches revolution to the yeoman farmers.

    Christopher T. George
    Christopher T. George
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    Chris, I think you do a better job than Ms Duffy

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    I see the new Children's Laureate is Julia Donaldson author of the Gruffalo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzie1 View Post
    Chris, I think you do a better job than Ms Duffy

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    I see the new Children's Laureate is Julia Donaldson author of the Gruffalo.
    Ha thanks for that, Lizzie.

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    I have made a number of changes to this poem based on comments received elsewhere. As noted, "Duffy in Places," is a published portfolio of sketches by Adrian Henri of Carol Ann Duffy made between 1978 and 1981. I was privileged to get a signed copy of the portfolio when I visited Adrian and Carol Ann in Mount Street.

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