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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Location: Newport, Gwent, United Kingdom

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


This poem was written for Newport City Council, and read by me at the opening of The Gentle Giant Exhibition, The Newport Centre, Tuesday 12 April 2005. The exhibition celebrates the life of John Charles, the first internationally sucessful Welsh footballer.


Make no statue for this man:

What could a statue show of him?
Could it show the boy of fourteen
Who left his misspelt name,
Finger-written in cement,
As a memorial to his dreams;
Would it show the footballer,
Part salmon, part stag, part mule and part Fred Astaire,
Who towered in the Italian sun,

Gossamer booted,
And sang of Love in Portofino;
Or should it show the man
Who lost everything,
Finally losing even himself,
Yet never stopped giving
As his world collapsed:
Who knew a big head
Was always beaten
By a big heart.
Make no statue for John Charles;
No statue could be big enough.


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