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Hansine’s Story: ‘A Potato Clock’ Friday, 26 March 2010

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My favourite poem is ‘A Potato Clock’ by Roger McGough.  I like this poem because it has a rhythm to it and because it is sort of punny.

I first heard this poem when I was three, at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  My mum and I went to see Roger McGough and I enjoyed it.

After the talk we went to the signings and I got the ‘Sky in the Pie’ poetry book and I loved it!

Hansine, aged 10, Flora Stevenson Primary School

Jane’s story: Ex Art Student by Roger McGough Wednesday, 25 November 2009

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The poem I carry with me is short and slight, and for me it’s a warning: ‘Ex Art Student’ by Roger McGough. I first read it in my teens, when I was applying to art college. I copied I out and stuck it on my wall, telling myself I’d never end up like the poem’s subject, ‘neat haired and low heeled’ with her ‘dull job in the world of low fashion’ and her dreams portfolioed in the attic. Back then, I had no idea how easy it can become to neglect what’s important to you – to allow your dreams to be pushed aside by the everydayness of life.

A few years later, and it seemed that I was that ex art student. The poem became something uncomfortable, something prickly– but it stuck with me, because that discomfort was important.

This poem hasn’t been displayed on my wall for almost two decades. But I know it by heart – it’s very short – and it reminds me to hang onto what matters. For me, it’s a cautionary tale.

It turns out that ‘Ex Art Student’ is also a song. You can see it on YouTube with Jimi Hendrix, no less, on lead guitar.