Posted by Simon Parke, 29 August 2016, 6.01am
My poem of the week is ‘Suit’ by Anthony Wilson.
Anthony is a poet, writing tutor, blogger and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter where he lives and works.
Here, he remembers his father’s suits.
Though I did not want to become him
I adored my father’s suits
when he was done with them.
They rescued me at parties, weddings,
the funeral of my grandmother,
trying to recall the French for I’m sorry .
Second skin, like a glove, all of that.
I could not follow him to the City
but still love a good suit,
offering my handshake with a grin,
and stroking its armour, its shine,
pretending to listen.
Anthony’s most recent books are Lifesaving poems (Bloodaxe 2015), Riddance (Worple Press 2012) and Love for now (Impress Books 2012).
He blogs at www.anthonywilsonpoetry.com