Shopping List

Bread, sugar, butter

Some wine for my memories

A box of Paracetamol


A packet of chocolate biscuits

A plug for the bath

Batteries for the clock

A copy of The Telegraph

A roll of Sellotape

To mend the photographs

To tape up the stenograph


Some ammunition for my arguments

A sewing kit for when I go away

Film for my camera, process paid,

Stamps for the letters not yet sent

And a black umbrella, for the rain

From the umbrella seller

A big, black umbrella.


Paul Fryer, Don’t Be So, page 92

(the illustration of Shopping list is an ink collage by Damien Hirst, 2002)


Don’t Be So (ISBN 0-9542079-2-0) is the first book of poems by Paul Fryer, published by Trolley Ltd. Each poem is illustrated by Damien Hirst’s collages, photomontages and photographs. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted or stored without permission from Trolley Ltd.


Slow Words wishes to thank the authors and Trolley for their kind permit to publish the poem.

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