Officer pamphletsMatthew Clegg’s Officer appeared as a pamphlet from Longbarrow Press in 2007. It comprises twelve sonnets, arranged as a narrative, charting deteriorating relations between employer and employee. The pamphlet is a limited, hand-finished edition with a hand-stamped cover. 

‘Think Positive’ (featured below) is the ninth poem in the sequence. You can order the pamphlet via the PayPal link at the bottom of the page.


This is how it will be in a year, he says –
Nina Simone’s Feeling Good in his head;
The big swing band bursting in like God
Or a new pay-scale. Think positive, he says.
The on-time train advances without delay.
He has the laptop out, the mobile on.
A swift keeps pace with the speeding train
Then catches the sun before twisting away.
Perfect. So perfect he could be dreaming.
Precisely. Thinking a thing doesn’t make it so,
Or wanting it. He can see it clearly now.
He’ll walk right in to chair the meeting
And the music, the swift, the sun – whatever –
None of it will touch on the agenda.

From Matthew Clegg’s pamphlet Officer (Longbarrow Press, 2007). Click on the PayPal button below to order the pamphlet (just £5 inc UK P&P and limited edition postcard).

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