back of the Yak

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37 ways to leave your Yak“* is  the title of a poem by AF Harrold who might have been called “Reading’s answer to John Hegley“.   You may have considered Paul Simon’s “50 ways to leave your lover” an ingenious comment on the breakdown of contemporary potential-parent units.    It was.   This poem may well be more significant than the design, implementation and distribution of  prefrabricated concrete coal bunkers.   Enough hedging, here are two unprefabicated concrete points:

  1. Unlike Paul Simon’s song AF Harrold accurately counts the cited departure routes and takes the concept of the ‘leaving’  to the jagged edge where  only fluffy lemmings dare to run.  
  2. AF Harrold has not yet been called “Reading’s answer to fluffy lemmings“.   Though the original question posed by the lemmings is,   as yet, unknown.  

*  explanatory notes for people unfamiliar with contemporary (2000)  Britishness:

  • Lord’s = Cricket ground in London generally considered by the British to be the ‘home’ of cricket.
  • Wicket =bowling cricketer aims the ball at the wicket.
  • Rent-o-Kill = UK based pest control company.
  • mod = Life-style “based around fashion and music that developed in London, England in the late 1950s and reached its peak in the early to mid 1960s. People who followed this lifestyle were known as Mods, and were mainly found in Southern England”
  • press-ganged = getting forcibly taken into military service,   a ‘gang’ of ‘press’ men would kidnap people on behalf of the military.   This was a favoured recruitment method of the British Navy, before successful advertsing campaings, who have a large base in Portsmouth.
  • Crufts = British national Dog show.
  • Sarnie = slang for ‘Sandwich’
back of the Yak
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  1. A.F. Harrold writes:

    Hi Wendy,

    Well, thanks for the poem plug, as it were. I’ve always acknowledged that the subject matter may be of limited use amongst the general populace, so it’s nice to see a woman of such exquisite sensibilities and taste as yourself appreciates the thing.

    Unlike Oxford based poetry magazine ‘The Nail’ who said, ’37 Ways To Leave Your Yak’, has some funny lines, but illuminates nothing.’ 🙂

    I assume there aren’t a whole lot of Yaks resident in the States, but if you do see one do please take a photo with with your spiffy new camera, because I have a suspicion there are even fewer here in England these days.

    AF. x



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