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July 10: The Barbeque - a poem by DM Thomas from Flight & Smoke

DM Thomas

The Barbeque

My soon-to-be fourth wife
is preparing for our first barbecue,
while my third wife
is taking out and packing books
she’d interwoven with mine
in alphabetical order.

Why is there always so much confusion?
My fourth wife is saying she brought twelve steak knives
from Canada, but now there are only nine.
I was hoping a certain poetry book
was mine, not my third wife’s. I think
the barbecue tongs we will be using
are really hers.

I wish my third wife could stay for the barbecue
but my fourth wife would object,
and maybe my third wife would too.
I wish my first wife’s second husband
would let her come to the barbecue,
and bring himself. My fourth wife
would be fine with that. Why are people
so unreasonable? I wish my second wife
wasn’t dead, but could come too.
But then she wouldn’t be happy with my third wife,
and my first wife not happy with my second.
I know my first wife would like my fourth wife.
Many hands make light work,
and I’m hopeless at this kind of thing –
getting the charcoal to light and
cooking chops, sausages and stuff.

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London. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery permanent exhibition of women in medicine.

First Sunday of every month, Redruth. Shout with the Red River singers.

Second Wednesday of every month, Luxulyan. Prys Ton Cornish Music Session.

21 June 2017, Aberystwyth. Book launch and readings from The Old Red Tongue an anthology of Welsh literature.

23 June 2017, Kit Hill, Callington. Golowan Cornish Midsummer celebrations with Pyba.

23 June 2017, Carnstabba Hill, St Ives. Tansys Goelowan / Midsummer bonfire celebrations.

24 June 2017, Boscatle. Midsummer Dance around the Midsummer Tree and a serpent around the harbour.

27 June 2017, Sheffield. Southern Harvest a concert to celebrate the re-publication of folk song books The Constant Lovers and The Foggy Dew.

23 July 2017, Par, Cornwall. Pyba perform at Tywardreath Priory.

2931 August 2017, East Sussex. Pyba at Herstmonceaux Medieval Festival.

1 September 2017, Launceston. Cornish Dance Society Ceilidh with Pyba.

10 September 2017, St Ives. Kemysk at St Ives September Festival.

6 October 2017, Aldeburgh. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Commemoration Weekend with talks, a play, music and the unveiling of a plaque.