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DAVID COOKE

 

 

 

David Cooke was born in the UK but his family comes from the West of Ireland. He won a Gregory Award in 1977, while still an undergraduate at Nottingham University. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared widely in the UK, Ireland and beyond in journals such as Agenda, Ambit, The Cortland Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Press, The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Magma, The Manhattan Review, The Morning Star, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stand. He has published five collections of his poetry, the latest of which is After Hours published by Cultured Llama Publishing in 2017. He co-edits The High Window, an online literary review

 

 

 

 

The Age of Gold

 

 

Imagine a world where pester power

rarely delivers the goods and a dawdling

hike to school’s the norm. You have fresh air,

your friends, and a small coin burning

a hole in your pocket. Spend it now

or do your best to make it last the week.

 

In class Rosanna Ferrario likes to sit

beside you. All the others make you blush.

They seem to know you like her too.

Give her a Love Heart with your message

so at least she’ll learn it’s true,

even though the taste is sour.

 

Your best friend Jan eats salami.

How can anyone like that stuff?

Does he like bacon boiled with cabbage?

The day you both forget the milk,

singing Beatles songs, Mr Murphy canes you

to help you mend your ways.

 

 

©2017 David Cooke

 

 

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