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Tommy Carroll

Updated: Thu, 4 Aug 2022 11:06 pm

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I'm male, working-class and I live in Liverpool. All my work is subject to change. quotations: 'By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing... kill yourself... Kill yourself. It's the only way to save your fucking soul, kill yourself.' Bill Hicks 'If you can't say ''fuck'' then you can't say ''fuck the government'' ' ...Lenny Bruce everything is in a constant state of flux... I am Literate, solvent and hilarious. "Reading maketh a full man; Conference a ready man; Writing an exact man"... . Francis Bacon ( Carved into and above the entrance of Liverpool's Kensington Library)


Before the after I'm now nearly bald once considered shorn, like now nearly dead not being new-born. I used to be young but now I'm not old, like being informed not being untold. I used to be slight but now I'm substantial, like being skint then becoming financial. ........................

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Audio entries by Tommy Carroll

Konnichiwa (06/06/2015)

Bloody Valentine (13/08/2012)

A Lady's dismissal (01/05/2012)

On stolen sheets (30/04/2012)

My loose checked tie (09/03/2012)

Bloody Valentine (16/02/2012)

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Aisha Suleman

Thu 19th Oct 2023 21:50

Hi Tommy. Thank you for visiting my page. I am not sure what you have written, but thank you and your poetry is amazing 😊

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John Botterill

Thu 27th Jan 2022 10:26

Just found 'This wanting look' Tommy. A phenomenal poem, bitter-sweet nostalgic loss. Awesome!

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John Botterill

Tue 25th Jan 2022 15:47

Just found 'Waiting for my mum,' Tommy. Stunning poetry. Just wanted to let you how moving I found it to be!


Tue 28th Apr 2020 21:33

Hi Tommy - Thetis - yes a big deal in the day - occasionally still mentioned by authors such as in Tuppence to cross the Mersey. Cheers. P

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Thu 17th Oct 2019 10:36

Re how to shop for shoes. Enter any shoe shop at any time, spend as long as you like deliberating and buy as many pairs as you can afford and find cupboard space for, sometimes breaking all of those rules with your own 4 inch stiletto heels.

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Chrystel Roberts

Mon 16th Sep 2019 07:52

Hey Tommy,

"...making sense of the written word..."

I totally understand. I too struggle with this sometimes.

Thank you for taking the time to give me your honest opinion regarding my work.

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Chrystel Roberts

Sun 8th Sep 2019 08:48

Hi Tommy

re: 'Out of my head'

I appreciate the feedback, Tommy

Best regards,

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Chrystel Roberts

Mon 2nd Sep 2019 11:13

Hi Tommy,

‘Why the rhyme or the rhythm?'

You're absolutely right. No need for either. That's the beauty of poetry ‘no finicky rules'!

I appreciate your feedback, Tommy

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 28th Jul 2019 18:16

No problem Devon, none taken. Really. ?

Devon Brock

Sat 20th Jul 2019 23:29

I never intended to upset you with a comment, Tommy. I, perhaps stupidly, underestimated the intelligence of the reader. I only sought to highlight a clever wordplay (as he seeks to remove foot from mouth).


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Mae Foreman

Tue 16th Jul 2019 21:35

Though if I want to be honest... I ALWAYS wear sunglasses! A quirk of mine I guess...?

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Mon 15th Jul 2019 14:38

Tommy, Thanks for your input on "Pig Slop". I appreciate it! Take care ---- Jason

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Mae Foreman

Sun 14th Jul 2019 01:40

I AM outdoors in the picture! ?

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Thu 4th Jul 2019 16:40

"Before the After" is terrific.

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Mae Foreman

Sat 27th Apr 2019 14:09

?Thanks Tommy! Couldn't do otherwise!

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Mae Foreman

Thu 25th Apr 2019 16:27

Yes that sounds about right! First you pass the Adriatic then the Ionian then the Aegean! I sound like a GPS! Haha!
Sounds like a nice trip anyway?

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Mae Foreman

Thu 25th Apr 2019 13:24

Hey Tommy. Thanks for stopping by at my profile! If it was the Adriatic Sea you crossed then you passed from Italy to Greece and it wasn't the Aegean but The Ionian Sea. The South Mediterranean is my home and I find it ravishing! But I don't think it's just I that feels this way. I guess it's no wonder it took you breath!
Thanks Tommy ?

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Stu Buck

Mon 11th Mar 2019 07:21

yo tommy!!!

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Thu 10th Jan 2019 17:00

Happy New Year Tommy! Re my advice to male poets, i can't remember what that was now...I'm sure I've given plenty over the years and some if it twaddle.

My viewpoint for the here and now would be.

Let's stop judging some actions of the 1970s 1980s by the standards of today. It doesnt make sense to castigte people for things that were acceptable back then - the exception to that being paedophilia, which is vile in any century.

Groping people is wrong whatever the gender or sexual orientation but to rake something like that up 20 years later with no substantial evidence of harm done. Some people need to get a grip on themselves!

Possibly a bigger response than you wanted but ive always loved the way WOL gives you the opportunity to express yourself and let off a bit of steam.

? x

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 21st Sep 2018 11:39

Cheers Darren for your classy comment re "Me" ta Tommy

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Shirley Smothers

Wed 22nd Aug 2018 17:16

Hello Tommy, thank you for your support of my poem MISSING YOU. I don't post here too often. But have been inspired by friends to write.

Thank you

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racha chafik

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 22:08

hey tommy

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Don Matthews

Wed 13th Jun 2018 15:25

''Freedom is not when the Master let him go, it was when the Master said ''Yes'' and he said ''No!'' ...Rage Against The Machine:

Don't tell me what to do. Get lost. Sorted.

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Shirley Smothers

Tue 15th May 2018 17:10

Tommy, Thank you for your comment on my poem MY DREAMS. Sometimes my dreams are filled away. But I always keep hope alive. ?

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 19th Apr 2018 19:34

thnaks for the recent comments Tommy - hope you're keeping well

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 10th Apr 2018 14:51

aye up Tommy - thanks for commenting on 'the collector and the collected'. George Orwell was a right boring bastard wasn't he? ?

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Tue 10th Apr 2018 04:32

Love ? your work. So beautiful!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 1st Apr 2018 10:57

'oooh's' and 'aaahhhs', grunts and groans, whistles and chirps are language in common to us all. No need of complex voice patterns or organised grammar whatsoever for basic communication.

'conference a ready man' is a very apt expression, meaning, I take it, one who is 'working with other people to discuss and carry out a particular plan' of any kind.

Happy Easter, Tommy, to you and yours. I always enjoy your input.

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keith jeffries

Sat 17th Feb 2018 09:46

Hello Tommy,

I apologise for copying your hair style but I have saved a fortune by not going to the Barbers. However, what I have relinquished on my head I have cultivated on my face.


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