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Paul Farley

‘I’m holding out. / I’m blue in the face.’

I’m one of those model men
in barbershop or unisex
salon windows. I’ve held my breath
here, like this, for decades.

O distant youth, O brilliantine,
I saw myself the other day
across the street in running time:
gabardined, red-faced, gone grey.

The cow’s-lick and the kiss curl.
I’m holding out. I’m blue in the face.
Telstar still orbits the Earth.
We don’t like what you’ve done to the place.

Paul Farley

Paul Farley is the author of three collections of poetry including The Ice Age, which was awarded the Whitbread Poetry Award in 2002, and, most recently, Tramp in Flames.

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