Popular Poems

In a parallel universe, I edit the Newcastle United fanzine The Popular Side. Issue 12, our relegation special, is out now, price £2 to iancusack@blueyonder.co.uk via PayPal. One of the benefits of being editor is being able to inflict my poetry on our readers; here’s 2 that I slipped onto the back page….

Popular Side 12 cover



This is Carmine Dennis

and the gentle voice of your husband.

Maybe I could see your hands

as I try to eat breakfast.

Perhaps you would help carry

the grocery bag of John to the beach

and let me go with you.


Homage to Famagusta

Fuck off Rauf Denktaş;

we’re all behind Makarios,

because his church is autocephalous

and he’s promised us enosis.


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