Poems from Beverly Rycroft’s new collection A Private Audience.
(See “Diary” for launch details.)

From " A Private Audience " 2017: 'Nothing ever happened in King William's Town'


Nothing ever happened in King William\'s Town

Some nights, when this city
won’t let me sleep,
I like to remember how
I once squeezed a trigger
and launched a Coke tin
into the humid air.
First shot.

Scene: backyard
of our house in Albert Road.
Dad, Basil the bank manager,
the Coke tin. A pellet gun.
I enter and ask to have a go.
Dad says, Pull yourself together
Basil, man. This
is no laughing matter.


As I reach for the rifle
Dad always says, Listen. Basil.
Don’t give her the gun
before you set the target up.
That daughter of mine
has a very strange
sense of humour.



From " A Private Audience " 2017: 'Nothing ever happened in King William's Town'