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Thursday, 6 August 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of film star Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of (hopefully) funny poems from hundreds I've written over the years (inspired by the likes of Spike Milligan and Roger McGough) to provoke a smile in these odd times.


Wilbur Smithereens,
Author of action,
Reflected on life
In hospital traction.

Unlike his heroes,
All rugged and brawn,
He stood on a rake
While tending the lawn.

The thwack of the rake
Sent him reeling back,
In the haze of the daze
He tripped over a sack.

He landed and started
A skateboard in motion,
Smashed off a wall
And increased the commotion.

A plant until then
Balanced safe on the wall
Wobbled then toppled 
On top of it all.

Concussed and confused,
He lay wilted and limp,
Not a hero to cheer
But a real life wimp.

Text © Joe Cushnan 2020

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