F.J.Williams was born in Liverpool and studied English at Durham, with postgraduate work at Manchester, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has followed the profession of teaching and worked in schools, colleges and a prison where he taught adult literacy. This experience inspired the title poem ‘Reading Lesson in the Lifers’ Wing’. He has also been a director of the Bridge Arts Centre in Widnes and held a NATE teaching fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Austrailia. He has lectured in English at University College Chester, and contributed his research on Algirdas Greimas and Bronislaw Malinowski to the ‘Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language’. (Edinburgh University Press). His poems have won prizes in national competitions and been broadcast on radio and television.
A stapled price-list flutters from his hand
Whose welcome forfeits family, sleep and health
To make the sale. With doors unlocked, his cars
Display their contents to the street, their past
Wiped out with a car shampoo and the team
Of boys whose galvanised buckets have turned
Their work to froth. The dealer demonstrates
Plastic seats, the engine clocked and silent.
Oil cans, cash and business cards, receipts.
The sales girl in the window counts the cash;
And makes, in well-filled jeans, her hair pushed back
A breath that lasts till dawn upon the glass.
READING LESSON IN THE LIFERS’ WING
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Cover illustration: Print from an ingraving dated 1558 by Agostino Ramelli from his book, Le Diversew et Artificose Machine. Image courtesy of www.historicalprintshop.com
Publication: March 2009 (48 pages laminated paperback)