History, or, the Wrestling Bills

This is from the Ulster Hall project, one of a sequence commissioned for the re-opening of the Hall last year. The poems draw on (in some cases simply quote from and lineate) material from the Hall’s archive. This piece of punk cod-Victoriana is taken from an interview with a caretaker retiring sometime in the early 80s. He’d obviously seen one SLF gig too many…

History, or, the Wrestling Bills

the wrestling bills
on a Friday night
top stars
like Tommy Mann

ack them were the days
the old Troubles
killed all that and
the punk rockers

they disgust me
you should see them
pulling off their shirts
and spitting

About Martin Mooney

Author of four collections of poetry - Grub (1993), Rasputin and his Children (2000), Blue Lamp Disco (2003) and The Resurrection of the Body at Killysuggen (2011.)
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2 Responses to History, or, the Wrestling Bills

  1. Dawn Potter says:

    I love this: and the “ack” is beautiful.

    • Thanks Dawn: if memory serves the ‘ack’ is a quotation (a direct lift) from the newspaper interview that’s the source of the poem. But it felt documentary and characterful.

      I’m tickled by the notion that the wrestler ‘Tommy Mann’ might be the German novelist moonlighting in the Ulster Hall…

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