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Tommy Carroll

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All art should be free- as it often already comes at a price. 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 ‎'In an age of universal deceit, to tell the truth is a subversive act'...George Orwell ''Freedom is not when the Master let him go, it was when the Master said ''Yes'' and he said ''No!'' ...Rage Against The Machine: 'If you can't say ''fuck'' then you can't say ''fuck the government'' ' ...Lenny Bruce ' The man's an arse!' ...( HM ) The Mighty Boosh ' “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves''.... Here’s Tom with the weather.'...Bill Hicks everything is in a constant state of flux... I am Literate, solvent and hilarious. "Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man"... . Francis Bacon ( Carved into and above the entrance of Liverpool's Kensington Library)


She held herself still She, held her self still. And I, recalling her face yet- that with my mouth I forced the enquiry, and argued the pressing to her lips. Like those wants of wishes sated, we had with marbled hurt turned one back against the other. And now that was forever -like the past- both of us going nowhere, always. ....... Loves cooling light For each a time A thing must start A place within replaces. The thing becomes Another's part As time and line it traces. But this shadow That you leave Is cast in backward glances. And this stone The memories remain An aching loss of chances. This empty heart Has yet to fill The crush of empty spaces. .......................... Christianity and other myths She said: ''You forget about the fall back position of Christianity: 'Limbo' According to the Catholic church all souls that had no faith but were without sin- ended up there I envisage a multitude of babies crawling around for eternity crying for their mothers''... ............................. Before the after I'm now nearly bald but once concidered shorn, like now nearly dead not being unborn. 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. ........................

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

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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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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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 21st Dec 2017 13:28

Tommy, please check your last poem and switch all the 'whom's to 'who' as in 'he who'. I know they're the very devil, but lots of people may surf WOL this week. And check 'thrall';it's an old word.

I so hope you're not pissed. I always enjoy your work.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 18th Nov 2017 14:49

Being another Libra, Tommy. Or did I get it wrong?

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 13th Nov 2017 14:30

It had to be. I swear it 'had to be!'

It's the scope: often particular, but always with an eye to the general 'game'. Librans move like pieces on a chess board, with 360 degree vision, seeing innumerable ways to get from A to Z. And there's no such direction as 'backwards'.

I'm not sure whether that makes actual sense, but I've got a general idea what I mean. To be honest, it kind of sounds like the pith of a poem. I might pursue it.

BTW, I really like that 'Bacon' quote in your Bio.



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adrian metcalf

Tue 27th Jun 2017 17:28

I totally agree with the idea of art being free. Especially poetry. I feel that if you force someone to pay for something that art no longer becomes the artist's but rather the buyer's. And I don't write poetry for anyone else but me (not to say I don't want others to enjoy it, but you know what I mean)

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John Garbutt

Mon 6th Mar 2017 18:38

You voted Corbyn and you quoted Bill Hicks. What's not to love?

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Mel C

Tue 1st Nov 2016 08:12

Thank You Tommy for your comment on poem "Reflection". The more I revisit it...I realize that there is a lot going here with poem and photo meaning...conflation....not sure what to make of the shadow looking back at me...more to ponder! All was created pretty quickly and just thinking about the whole thing still...but Thank You!

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Paul Point

Mon 6th Jun 2016 13:22

Hi Tommy, I enjoyed a read of your poems today. Hope to read more soon. Please do visit The Chocolate Poetry Club one day! Paul

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 7th May 2016 00:23

Thanks, once again, for the kind comments on 'Head In Hands' Tommy - I admit to be poorly read and hadn't heard of 'The Mezzanine' but having looked it up I can see where you're coming from with regards to the tone of this piece. I'm pleased it resonated with you - cheers mate

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Sian Bird

Mon 2nd May 2016 22:21

Well what can I say... From near relegation to winning a premier league title within 12 months. Fairytale ending. :)

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 1st May 2016 19:40

thanks for the comments on the 'Sun' *spits* piece Tommy - it's a worthless rag and should be shut down - and their petulant decision not to cover the hearing outcome should be the final nail in their sorry coffin

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Matthew Nicholson

Fri 29th Apr 2016 14:15

Hello Tommy,
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on 'Sleep Peacefully at Last'. Much appreciated.

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Sian Bird

Thu 28th Apr 2016 23:03

Hi Tommy

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my page. I'm new! you actually like us foxes or are you just being polite lol

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Lynn Dye

Wed 6th Apr 2016 08:29

Hi Tommy, cheers for your comments on Scroungers. I like your profile piccie, and have to say that yes, I voted for Corbyn too.

Incidentally, I saw him in person yesterday giving a terrific speech at Harlow, pressing for all the important things for the majority, instead of the elite few. Power to the people!

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Lynn Dye

Mon 14th Mar 2016 20:09

Hi Tommy, thanks for the compliment :-)

The photo was taken in my daughter's garden last summer, so no, haven't been anywhere that interesting lately! Lol.

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Katy Megan Hughes

Fri 26th Feb 2016 21:01

Oh no! Really? I know I can be obscure but I thought this one was more accessible...hey ho! The whole or just parts Tommy?

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Nicola Beckett

Tue 2nd Feb 2016 21:17

F**k the government indeed - oops just swore x I like your poetry Tommy and you said it first in your Biography x

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Vicki Ayers

Tue 5th Jan 2016 18:04

Thanks again Tommy for reading & commenting in your wonderfully unique & insighful way Xx

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Vicki Ayers

Sun 3rd Jan 2016 21:21

Thanks Tommy - my mind is indeed like an attic - full of useless junk with the odd treasure hidden in the cobwebs! X

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Vicki Ayers

Wed 30th Dec 2015 11:05

Indeed! I'm sure we will

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Vicki Ayers

Wed 30th Dec 2015 10:49

Thanks for reading & commenting on my 'Guide' Tommy - I can tell you have good technique!! I have been known to send this poem to potential dates!

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Vicki Ayers

Tue 29th Dec 2015 20:43

Hi Tommy - your words strike home with me particularly your words about love - I shall enjoy reading more xx

Preeti Sinha

Mon 28th Dec 2015 17:29

Hi Tommy, Yes, yes please :) Look forward to your suggestions !

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Mikhail Smith

Tue 22nd Dec 2015 21:00

.. " hello Tommy ... the joke beside the photo was that the girls names would be in Russian, but all attempts at copy/paste wouldn't print the letters .. just tried again - had to delete and re-do .. !! "

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 19th Dec 2015 11:58


You are a man of many facets, sharply cut, like a fine diamond. Greetings of the Winter Solstice - the blessed promise of renewed warmth and light - to you and yours. Be safe. Be happy.


J Graham

Sun 13th Dec 2015 14:25

Thanks for commenting on "my son,my love".
It's well appreciated:)

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 22nd Nov 2015 16:24

Thanks for your recent comment on my own page.
"Let us listen so that others might speak,
Let us speak so that others might listen."
And long may it be so.
Good luck.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 19th Nov 2015 11:42

Your comeback is totally brilliant, utterly confusing, very cathartic. I shall treasure it.

The child in your photo is very beautiful, like the portraits of many mediaeval 'Mary's', all big, clear eyes and rosy lips in a pale face. It could be a boy, but same comment - no difference. And you don't look so bad yourself, of course.

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Nigel Astell

Thu 17th Sep 2015 17:42

Thanks Tommy

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Ledger de la Bald

Fri 21st Aug 2015 14:36

Thanks for the (very heartening) comment on '...And Along Came Jeremy'. Cheers, Ledger

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