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SHAPED FOR SPORTIVE TRICKS a selection of 97 poems by Michael Small The following poems, with two exceptions, were written between 1990 and 2010. Several pieces are not poems in the traditional sense, but more like ‘makings’, as the Canadian poet, Earle Birney, might have described them, depending for effect on word play and design. They fall loosely into the following themes: Art & Music (1-16) Film (17-25) Parody (26-43) Shaped Poems and Word Play (44-58) Sport (59-61) Education (62-65) Intra-Personal (66-70) Animals (71-77) Berlin (78-84) India (85-90) England (91-92) Miscellany (93-97)

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BORROMINI’S DRAGON CAMILLE CLAUDEL CONSTRUCTS OF ANTON GAUDI NOTES FOR THE ANATOMY OF MODERN ART COLLIOURE THE LAST SUPPER OF GEORGE GROSZ THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ARP O ROUAULT DALIANCE WITH SCATTER LOGIC SANDY, THE DANCING BEAR SHADES OF ROTHKO Mark I SHADES OF ROTHKO Mark II WARHOL ON COKE LOUIS XIV as JEFF KOONS SCULPTURE OF TEN IRON MEN ROSSINI’S CLAQUE


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SCHWENK CRACKED IN THE FILBERT THE ODESSA STEPS, Suddenly AWESOME WELLES WAITING FOR GODARD BLEACHED SERGE GLINT WESTWARD PECKINPAH RIDES AGAIN KEN RUSSELL LISTS TO STARBOARD LEAN CUTS YOUNG SPIELS TAKES OFF THE IDES OF MARX BARDOT, after Sondheim POLONIUS’ OBSCENITIES POLONIUS EXPOSTULATES POLONIUS CONSIDERS THE GAME PLAN ON LOOKING INTO HOMER’S CHAPMAN HOME THOUGHTS FROM A BROAD O COLLEGIALITY HOPSKIN BOSTON TEA PARTY OF ’92 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH IN SPATE CIRCUMVOLUTION Things to Do at Harvard KAANAPALI KANAPULA REPORT WRITER’S BLOCK THERE’S A BIT OF WEATHER ABOUT SILLY BALLS THE SUPERLATIVE BILL LAWRY THE BODY POLITIC THE THINKING MAN’S SOCCER TEAM A COD PIECE ADOLESCENT DESKAPE CUT GEMS PLAQUE MAYDAY SUMMONING SPELL OF THE ARCHMAGE RING-A-ROSARY BLOOM’S TAXONOMY GRUDGE MATCH MID-LIFT CRISIS GROCK PLAQUE VILANELLE


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AB THE BATTLE OF WOUNDED KNEES LAME MALE LAMENT COLLECTING SHELLS ASSESS POOL SALT CELL SELL THYSELF PHONEY OLD LOVE THINGS FALL APART TWILIGHT SHINGLES JUST STANDING THERE WATCHING SQUIRRELING CURSE OF THE SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO GRAND OLD LADY TURTLE STEAK - INDONESIAN STYLE MERIMBULA EATS BYE, SHEEBS THE GREYING OF ALEX BERLINER DOM A Alpha, B Bravo OSTALGIE WALKING THE JEWISH WAR MEMORIAL, BERLIN 3 BLURRED b/w IMAGES BY ERNST VOLLAND BERLIN ENSEMBLE KIDNEY VAKKAM MORNING OVER FORT MADOGHAR CROSSWAYS AT AGRA CENOTAPH AT ORCHHA GHAZAL FOR THE HOLY COW ALONG THE GHATS OF MATA GANGA UPSON DOWNS below stairs SORROW’S WALDEN A POEM ON A POME IF MOTORBIKES TOOK DRUGS DRACKO MARKETING MADAM TAKING LEAVE


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