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Antonionioni

Email: baxter-t@o2.co.uk
Email: tony.baxter@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://antonionionisnewonions.blogspot.com/
Updated: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 05:05 pm

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Biography

I write a sonnet a day as a diary and / or commentary, and also other poems, mainly for performance, as and when time allows. The sonnets are on http://antonionionisnewonions.blogspot.com/ and I am currently adding the older ones to my associated blog, which is at http://antonionionisoldonions.blogspot.com/ I am hoping to do music performances fairly soon and have a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/Antonionionii I like travel and you can see evidence of this in the photo section of my Facebook page (see Tony Baxter (Manchester - close up of my ugly mug)

Samples

Timelines - July 2010 Time speeds up as we age, partly because Of work, or kids, but also fun, later While the weeds of decay twine without pause Decline goes on so long, but not faster Than when a baby’s smooth skin grows rougher And far slower than foolish youth’s car crash The more years safely passed by, the better In truth, deftly caught in the net like fish Wriggling but still held fast. And we catch cash And partners, but, inefficient spiders That we are, they often fly to others’ Better built webs. This life comes in a flash Of passion, lessened with each new-turned page But lessons learned teach us to feel richer Henry V at Agincourt - July 2010 You’ll win, you English rabble, or you’ll die In this muddy October field of France Our nobles will be spared and ransomed; I Cannot pledge your safety, so make no plans Therefore to be prisoners, but now advance Move your stakes nearer to the enemy That hesitates, but be quick, for their ranks May fall on you, their crossbows raining free On your unarmoured flesh, brave peasantry Look, see, they stand and wait; their chance goes by Men-at-arms in the centre. Take your stance On either side, good longbowmen; fill the Narrow strip between these two woods. Let fly Your stinging bows with weathered singing hands Good with money - July 2010 He was good with money He was bad with people He was good to himself He was bad to everyone else He had good and bad within him Only he saw the good Only others saw the bad He saw only good within him Others saw only bad within him With him it was bad Without him it was good But they couldn’t live without him He gave them their living He took what they gave Though they took it to be slavery It was good of him He was good with money The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar - July 2010 When you are of a certain age And you want nostalgia on the page It’s back to the 70s - it’s not that far The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar When you think back to those golden days The Golden Wonder packet says Nothing much about what’s in there The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar No, health and safety weren’t all the rage Human rights were still in a cage That stuff was boring - blah blah blah… The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar When kids played outside all through the days Whatever the weather, till light’s last fade Fighting, climbing, running to Ma The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Whenever we talk of those far-off days And the energy we got to fuel those plays Between the meals we had to be called in for The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar We always like to list those chocolate bar names Like a lad’s list of girls kissed, or favourite tunes… Tunes for a sore throat, with Lemsip… Ahhhhhhh… In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Nesquik and Golden Nuggets: Klondike Pete prays For a quick find, as Kwik Save expands out of Wales But not as far as the Aztec or Icebreaker The 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Ma sprays the crowded house with a burst of Haze As the choppers drop Agent Orange on babies While I drink Treetops orange squash, or barley water In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Lemon curd, or dripping, on bread, what a taste Of British cuisine, pre-foreign muck days Beans, jam or marmalade: toast goes so far In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar A Milky Way or a Fudge finger were all that we could gaze Upon between our meat and two veg mainstays A Mars Bar would make Ma see red, Mars’s colour In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar A Marathon wouldn’t be snickered at in any case It outlasted clackers and the skateboarding craze But in my lunchbox, only Jacob’s Crackers or Ryvita In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Opal Fruits or Mints, Toffo or Smarties Spangles, the last Rolo, and Tooty Frooties What melts in the mouth not in the hand? (Maltesers) Ja! In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Barley sugar sticks and candy floss, Happy Faces And Fab lollies put our teeth through their paces Denting our dentine; dentists cried, ‘Bah!!’ In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar What about that girl who lived across the way? She liked her Flake, sucked it in a special way But she really sank her teeth into her Crunchie - Aaargh! In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar At half-past six we’d open the After Eights You could share your Twix with someone if you were real mates The power cuts, romantic candle-lit dinner In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Big bags of sweets, and 10p is all we paid Ice cream was all from Walls or Lyons’ Maid Walnut Whips and Curly Wurlies were far bigger In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Pot Black and Captain Scarlet seen in black, white and grey With a Caramac, its gold wrapper great for creative play Brightly coloured shirts, Speedoes, and wallpaper In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Keep Britain Tidy, I’d see written every day Spit your Anglo Bubbly in the bin as you go on your way But the Wombles will pick up all your dropped litter In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Bored of moon trips, who’s up for secret sips of lemonade It’ll be R White on the night; of the fridge we weren’t afraid For Cap’n Bird’s Eye watched us from the freezer; he’s a star In the 70s - the age of the chocolate bar Yes, even when we should have been asleep - Munchies Dairy Milk was posh; the poor got Galaxy I’ve got to stop now, got to shop for my supper Do you know where I can go to buy a chocolate bar?

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Hair (09/01/2011)

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Philipos

Fri 1st Jul 2011 00:11

Hi Ant - although I did spend some time in Cyprus I have no Greek blood in me as far as I know

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Antonionioni

Thu 30th Jun 2011 18:45

They weren't my faves I guess KL!

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Katy Lisa

Wed 29th Jun 2011 20:49

what happened to the arrow bars and cola spangles babex?

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Andy N

Wed 6th Apr 2011 08:16

Hi Tone;

Cheers for the comment over 'Up on the Roof'.. The piece has had a few edits done on it but the versions on here and facebook I THINK are the same still.

Cheers again, buddy

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Dave D Poet Rhumour

Wed 30th Mar 2011 02:35

Hi Tony, thank you for your comments on 'No Jobs For A Man' - much appreciated! Best wishes, Dave

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John Coopey

Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:36

Hello A
Thanks for commenting on Ken Dodd..
Yes, there's still loadsof mileage in it.
The dog might be dead but the joke isn't.

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Isobel

Thu 27th Jan 2011 18:45

Thanks for commenting on La dee da dee da - I found your comments interesting. I would like to make more time to comment on new poets but find myself skipping over them. I think it has something to do with the volume of blogs up till now. Unless one has a lot of spare time on one's hands, it is hard to find time to read them all. I, like many others, tend to home in on the poets I like - personality or poetry wise :)
If new poets want to get commented on more, they need also to input into the site, I think - comment on others. That is the best way of getting people to take a look at your work. No point in just dumping your stuff on here and expecting everyone to rave, without giving something back. I imagine we would both agree on that point. x

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Andy N

Wed 26th Jan 2011 08:23

hi tone;

cheers for the comment over 'before the curtains open'... yeah, i agree my writing is developing but the best of us writers's style always develops, so it's a natural progression i guess but am chuffed with it..

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Chris Co

Tue 25th Jan 2011 13:41

Cheers for the really positive comment on my childhood poem Tony- appreciated.

Chris

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Fkx

Tue 25th Jan 2011 07:15

Thanks Tony. Your feedback and patronage is much appreciated and needful. Cheers.

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Mon 24th Jan 2011 15:52

Thank you dear Tony for commenting on my Rzhepicks. With warmest wishes, Larisa

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Philipos

Sun 23rd Jan 2011 15:08

Hi Antonionioni - thanks for your views in 'Mirrors' and much more could be said about punctuation but it is good that we can get our views across which is one of the great benefits of membership with WOL

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sun 23rd Jan 2011 14:37

Hi Mr.A-grateful for your keenly perceptive comments re 'All is really folly'ta..SW

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Chris Co

Tue 18th Jan 2011 18:11

Hi Tony,

Not been on the site for a bit...but just wanted to thank you for the feedback on my last one
'A problem shared'- appreciated.

Have a think about Sunday and trains and all that.

Chris

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John Aikman

Fri 14th Jan 2011 16:36

Dear Ant,

I just apologised to you on another thread for my intemperate remarks last night.

Sorry.

Keep on keeping on.

Cheers

Jx

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Philipos

Wed 12th Jan 2011 13:44

Re; Muntjak - yes and the poor thing had been pregnant too - so doubly poignant eh - thanks for commenting Antonionioni

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John Coopey

Wed 12th Jan 2011 12:41

A
Thanks for the thoughts on Charente-Maririme. It is a lovely part of France on the coast between La Rochelle and Bordeaux.

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Tue 11th Jan 2011 19:31

Tony! I am so sorry again! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come back and write your comment as I made a mistake and deleted the poem "Eyes". I am crying. The comment was so nice. Please!!!!!!!!!!

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Tue 11th Jan 2011 13:04

Hi, Tony! I have written a new poem "Eyes" But...the idea of it I have stolen from your poem "Hair". Will you forgive me?

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John Coopey

Mon 10th Jan 2011 20:32

Thanks for your thoughts on Senior, A. I haven't read it I'm afraid but I suspect it's a tome on the biffid spray I've developed whereby neither stream goes in the bowl!
Just checked out Hair and really enjoyed it. Not enough of us are doing rhythm.

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Isobel

Sun 9th Jan 2011 23:06

Thanks for your comment on my latest. Glad you liked the world weariness I injected into the delivery LOL. My son told me off for reading it too dead pan but I kind of preferred a more subdued tone - after all - I wasn't exactly beating any tambourines...
Look forward to seeing you out and about. x

Janet Ramsden

Mon 3rd Jan 2011 11:51

Thanks for commenting on my latest poem on here.
Not brilliant i know but who cares any more, ha ha
Remind me i said that if i lose my sense of humour this year :-)

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Philipos

Sun 2nd Jan 2011 18:46

Hi Antonionioni - re: Downed Tools - I don't think mankind is much different to the animal kingdom either in social heirarchies or construction practices - its all just a matter of perspective - thanx for taking the trouble to comment

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Ann Foxglove

Sun 2nd Jan 2011 18:28

Ta Antonioni! A typo indeed! Happy New Year! xx

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Philipos

Tue 28th Dec 2010 19:18

Thanx again for commenting (Feeding the Birds) will be in touch

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Philipos

Tue 28th Dec 2010 19:14

Hi Antonionio thanx for commenting on the The Truce - started to read your latest magnus opus but had to dash out - will come back to that later

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Fri 17th Dec 2010 21:46

Hi, dear Tony! I would like to thank you for commenting on "A Voice In the Wildness". Your opinion is very important to me.
With warmest wishes,
Larisa

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Ray Miller

Wed 15th Dec 2010 11:34

Hello. Ta for the comments on Santa. He does live at, or near, the North Pole, actually. But not in a shack. He has central heating.

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Philipos

Tue 14th Dec 2010 18:23

Hi Antonionio - I agree with your comment on Botswana and have amended it as you suggest - many thanks

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Philipos

Sun 12th Dec 2010 17:53

Hi Antonionioni - many thanks on your comments about the Abbey Road poem - good observation about the taxi

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