Goff Morgan - Adventures In Hack Poetry

A repository for the poetry of Goff Morgan, the one and only Newport Town Poet. Goff was the only official town poet in Wales from 1997 to 2000, and since then has continued in an informal capacity to write commissioned verse for BBC Radio Wales, and others.

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I trained as an actor in the early eighties, and performed my own one-man shows until 2000. I was made Newport Town Poet in 1997, and have broadcast on BBC Radio Wales since 1991. My first solo programme for Radio Wales was "Goff At The Pictures", and I've recently completed a two parter called "Goff's Guiding Principles".

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Chairman's Report

Written for BBC Radio Wales' "Good Morning Wales" on the occasion of the WRU's announcement of it's new way forward for Welsh Rugby!

Bizarrely, though this poem was written the evening before the announcement, and recorded at 11.00pm to be broadcast at 6.00am the following morning, this is more or less exactly what they said! Spooky!

The Chairman's Report.

We're gathered today to reveal to the nation
Strategic proposals for Rugby in Wales,
But we'd like to explain how we reached our decision
`Fore we disclose precisely just what it entails.
We formed ourselves into a General Committee,
To overview process, both form and content,
Which then subdivided `to Grand-Sub-Committees
With particular briefs to pursue and present.
The Grand-Sub Committees then further divided
`To Sub-Sub Committees of disparate needs
Which, when established, again subdivided
To beget more Committees for various deeds.
(The Four Franchised Provinces Merger Committee,
The Committee For This [and occasionally That],
The Other Committees Liaison Committee,
The Co-opted Committee for Chewing The Fat.)
Then all the Committees reported back upwards
To the Sub-Sub Committees from which they were spawned,
And the Sub-Subs back up to the Grand-Subs reported;
The Grand-Subs to the General.
Now a bright new day's dawned.
So, here's the Report of the General Committee,
And we're proud to report this Report recommends
That we form ourselves into a Brand New Committee,
And start it all over again.


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