Peter Richardson A Tinker's Picnic

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A Tinker's Picnic

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These are measured, crafted poems with a vernacular edge - an earthiness - that reflect the poet's laconic worldly look at people, places, and things.

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Peter Richardson's poems have appeared in many Canadian and American publications. His first book, A Tinkers' Picnic (Signal Editions/Véhicule), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award in 1999. For over twenty-four years Peter Richardson has been employed as an airport ramp worker, first at Mirabel, and then Dorval. He lives in Montreal.

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VARIATION ON A THEME BY RICHARD BRAUTIGAN

A tide of hubcaps washed up on the beach last night. I saw a dozen garage mechanics defending their stretches of sand against junkyard owners and sculptors who stood with their backs to the spartina waving billy clubs and shouting.

All night long the surf clattered and rang with the sound of cymbals riding in over cymbals till the last ones rode in on their rims and lodged themselves in the sand. Light shook and shivered from those crescents of half-buried chrome.

For a while it looked as though that puny group of mechanics couldn't hope to stem the tide of angry conceptual artists and junkyard owners and sculptors who surged down from thee dunes with a backup of muscular Rotarians.

But then the garage owners arrived, flashing 24-karat grins and litigation suits from Pierre Cardin; they unhook the tailgates of monster dumptrucks with power winches and clabered down onto the beach in their city shoes.

There was a moment of high-fiving between the owners and their subalterns, and then the whole beach began to ring with the sound of metal pitched clanging against metal as the hubcaps were heaped into piles, loaded onto dumptrucks and carted away

to autobody shops in Nebraska.

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