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Nigel Roberts

Dialogue with John Forbes




Nige —
why / at your age
do you still
play football?

a test of self
physical fitness / &
a matter
of / duende

jesus —
then wait
until / you discover
the private
& existential / terror
of golf.


This poem was written in the mid-1970s. See John Forbes’s poem for Nigel Roberts, ‘Dean Martin’s definition of happiness’. Nigel Roberts is a Sydney poet. Photograph : Nigel Roberts at the launch party for Issue # 3 of John Forbes’s magazine Surfers’ Paradise in the beer garden of the Courthouse Hotel, Newtown, Sydney, on 12 March 1983, copyright © John Tranter 1998.

Nigel Roberts, 1983


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