CREATIVE Tony Curtis

NWR Issue 114

Some Kind of Immortality

This is the second time with this one – let's call her Alice – belts and braces, she needs to make sure it works. Though, for my part, there’s never been a problem. And this will be straightforward. She’s not unfanciable, thirty-five or thereabouts, around my height, auburn hair swept back and held by a tortoiseshell clip, business-like, neat. Laptop Googling away on the coffee table to indicate that she’s busy, end of a working day. No offer of coffee this time. On the bathroom shelf above the closed toilet lid on which I’m sitting are copies of National Geographic, an old Private Eye, Gone Girl with a page turned down two-thirds of the way through. And a copy of Playboy; thoughtful that.

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Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the former University of Glamorgan (now South Wales) where he founded and directed the M Phil Writing course. He won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997, and was awarded a D Litt in 2004. He has toured extensively in Europe and the USA, giving poetry readings and lectures. His latest poetry collection was From the Fortunate Isles: New & Selected Poems, which was published by Seren last year. He lives in Barry in south Wales. After fifty years of writing and publishing, his selected poems and fiction are about to be published. This is a preview story from his collection, Some Kind of Immortality, to be published by Cinnamon this summer.


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