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Paul Jeffcutt

Reading the Brochure of Farrow & Ball,

I Update their range of Colours


Smoked Trout


Oxford Stone

Dog End


Payday Loan


Pale Hound


Rectory Green

Food Bank


Bended Knee


White Tie


Elephant’s Back

Rent Arrears


Bailiff’s Knock


Satin Slipper


Pied à Terre

Cold Shoulder


Workhouse Door

Ways to Kill a President *




Car Bomb

Exploding Lectern

Lethal Milkshake

Infected Diving Suit

Cyanide Cocktail

Poisoned Shoes


Femme Fatale

Toxic Fountain Pen

Infected Aerosol

Arsenic Ice-Cream

Exploding Cigar

Old Age



* After Executive Action: 634 Ways to Kill Castro by Fabian Escalante,

in which the ex-head of the Cuban Secret Service details the many attempts the CIA made to assassinate Fidel Castro. 

Paul Jeffcutt grew up in rural Gloucestershire, and was the first member of his extended family to remain at school beyond the age of 16. He always wrote poems in his spare time, but never showed them to anyone. Eventually, he plucked up the courage to enter a competition. He’s now won thirty-three awards for poetry in competitions in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has two full collections of poetry: The Skylark’s Call (Dempsey & Windle, 2020) and Latch (Lagan Press, 2010). And his poems have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Paul has been living in Northern Ireland for the past 25 years. Website:

Chuan-pu *


Li Liangwei blusters

in sharp suit and red tie

flanked by black-shaded

black-suited bodyguards,

snips the shiny ribbon

of a hotel in Shenzhen

reciting poetry

by Mao Zedong.


Li mimics his lookalike

from satellite TV news,

his agent tells him to blink

and flap his hands more.

Li does not use Twitter.


‘The sky is high

the clouds are light

wild geese flying south

are out of sight.’


 * The nickname for Donald Trump in China



bedroom tax
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
Disrupt and Upset

Militant Thistles

prickling the politics of "permanent austerity"

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