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THE PLACE WHERE SOCKS GO

Poems 1980-90
published by Asset Publications in three editions 1985-90.

I resumed writing poems in 1980 after a break of some years, and began performing them regularly from 1983 in concerts with Geoff Shattock (as a guitar/vocal duo called, excitingly, Shattock and Rust). This led to demand for copies and the first edition of The Place Where Socks Go in 1985.

It was an early venture into print-on-demand: I laser-printed and comb-bound copies as needed and so was able to add, amend and remove poems in successive reprints. There were three distinct editions (1985, 1988 and 1990), the last with a cover (above) by Simon Jenkins, now editor of Ship of Fools. About two thousand were sold.

The first edition contained 45 poems and by the third edition 29 more had been added and 16 dropped as being too dull or dated. Most of the survivors found their way into Breaking the Chains, a further 12 being retired, at which point production of Socks ceased. Of the poems which survived the course, several underwent major surgery along the way, including the title poem, and others were renamed. 

This page shows the Table of Contents of the final 1990 edition. The poems are published here in their current form. Those which were not originally carried forward into Breaking the Chains are mostly not reproduced, although for curiosity value I have included Babel, the first poem I wrote in 1980, and a few others that made me smile on re-reading.


The poems below appeared in this order in the final edition

Miracles

Adam

Nuclear family

The place where socks go

Roneo and Juliet

Carrick

Synod

In Foyle’s Bookshop
Joseph and the shepherds

The journey of the Magi (cont.)

Convert

Disciple

A modern wife

Missing
Signs

Casualties
The Devil’s Tinderbox

Eve

Four truths

Monster

Nappy Christmas

You can’t be too careful

Mr Yates
Dream

Aberdaron

The professor at work

Sharks
Phantom

Prophet and loss
The comfort of the rain

Notes for a biography

A Laodicean estate agent writes

Showbiz
Mr Gallup reports

Philosophy

Poem for Christmas Eve

First lesson

The optimist explains

The man who got on at Ealing

Revised version

The dangers of theology

Paul’s Letter from Delirium

At Grasmere

Drunkard

Told you so

Script
Arithmetic
Columbus

Runner

Breaking the chains

Icons

They had no credit cards

Apocalypso

Beirut

Vocation

In Gethsemane
Economics

Has anybody here seen Thomas?

Mary

Mischief

Teddy Bears

 

Other poems appearing in earlier editions

Babel

Beirut (original poem of that title)
Communion of saints
Depends how you look at it
ET (the Extra-terrestrial)
Finger-Counting Rhyme
Heart and mind
Home improvements
Hunger
Incident at dinner
On a Melbourne tram
Probability
The first football riot in China

The Gallery
Two by two
Two-Timer
Two down