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

News Quiz Poems

These two poems were requested for the Radio Wales News Quiz, which was recorded at the University Wales College, Newport on 19/11/04, and broadcast the following day.

David Cornock (BBC Wales parliamentary correspondant) and I won resoundingly - 14 to 7 against actress Ruth Madoc and lawyer and prospective conservative MP Andrew Taylor.

"Ode to Sprouts" wasn't broadcast because of recording problems on the day.

Ode to Sprouts.

Oh, little unlovely globes of green,
Ministered by nanas in a vast tureen,
Simmering on each glowing ember;
Put on for Christmas in September.
Not from me are your praises uttered
When served up crisp, and lightly buttered;
Squashy, with gravy, brings the flavour out
Of the little unlovely sprout.


What speaks of Scotland to the world,
Is it sweeping moors of heather, or Lochs so fair?
What keeps our banner to the wind unfurled?
It's a tartan bobble hat with orange hair (attached).
The clans may have their history, but they've their flaws
For the Dougals and the Campbells just can't compare
With that emblem of our nation that the world adores;
Our tartan bobble hat with orange hair (attached).
So speak no more of engineers James & Watt;
And, for the actor Connery, have no care.
Destroy the tomb of novelist Walter Scott;
We've a tartan bobble hat with orange hair (attached).


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