NaPoWriMo 2014 Day 30 ‘Johnny Clarke’s Party’


Wednesday, Day 30, the final day of this year’s NaPoWriMo 2014 challenge. It’s a big finish today…an epic ode to John Cooper Clarke, the legendary UK punk performance poet, still out there on tour! In the poem I get ‘invited’ to his party. The guest list makes reference to many of JCC’s poems…see his website for more info and read his anthology ‘Ten Year’s In An Open Necked Shirt’ to experience some quality edgy poetry. Enjoy…

Johnny Clarke’s Party

John Cooper Clarke’s having a party
I know it must be true
I saw it in the NME
And this week’s ‘Sniffin’ Glue’
“I’ve got all your records mate
Read all your poems too
Stay up listening when it’s late
Like all your real fans do”

JCC’s having a party
At least that’s what I’ve heard
I’m hoping for an invite
I know that’s quite absurd
I’ll take along a bottle of gin
I believe that’s what’s preferred
Leave the ‘Tonic for the Troops’ to bring
I think that’s what’s inferred

Mr Clarke’s having a party
I hope that I’ll get in
The bouncer will take convincing though
He’s fixed me with his grin
“We’re both literary gentlemen”
That’s what I’ll tell him
Literally re-arranging letters
To earn an honest living

Johnny Clarke’s having a party
Luminaries will be there
Just leave me in the corner
I’ll stand quietly and stare
I’ve heard the guest list is divine
With names that are quite rare
Let me have a sneaky peak for mine,
Look, here it is, right there…

The Guest List…

A Euro Communist
A Gucci Socialist
The Ghost of Al Capone
Psycle Sluts
Readers’ Wives
…just to lower the tone

The It Man
The New Assassin
One Full-time Loser
A sunken yachtsman
A drunken Scotsman
…straight from the boozer

A Health Fanatic
A Bronze Adonis
A very Distant Relation
Kung Fu International
A Blob of Slime
…a very strange creation

Salome Maloney
Some Lost Women
Someone known as The Pest
Gaberdine Angus
A Monster from Outer Space
…whose costume is the best

A Teenage Werewolf
Post-War Glamour Girl
Residents of Beezley Street
Night People
Chicken Town types
…you wouldn’t want to meet

Add to that a Postie Poet
And it’s a guest list hard to beat

Yes, JC’s having a party
I’m sure I’m on the list
See right there at the bottom
Postie Poet, the one you nearly missed

John’s having a party
One I’m invited to
Have a little look yourself
I’m sure that name is you

Rough drafts: 10 & 11/02/14
After seeing John Cooper Clarke live at the Engine Shed, Lincoln on 9 Feb
Final draft: 30/04/14

© Nick Ritchie 2014

…So, another NaPoWriMo bites the dust…see you next year. Please keep reading my blog for occasional poetic interludes!

Cheers – MoL


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