These poems were written on the back of till rolls and smuggled off the shop floor of a well-known pharmacy in Jeremy’s socks. They chart the absurdities of being a member of staff in retail (most of us have been there at some point), and the cultural take that being a queer poet gives to the experience.
the in-store radio is on a major seventies kick
after an advert for Snoxin anti-wrinkle serum
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) starts
replaying a dark corner of the youth club
where I dance by myself to Sylvester
unable to resist that immaculate beat
compelled to leave the false safety
of a line of canvas chairs
failing to see what is apparent
to everyone else
punched the length of the pool table
Jeremy is launching the book in his local village hall on the outskirts of Cardiff. The very village hall where THAT youth club was held.
There’s progress for you.
To mark LGBT history month we are giving you the opportunity to buy our other LGBT titles for half price when you buy In Retail. (Mosaic of Air is already half price so there’s just a small further reduction there)
In Retail + Outcome (photographic portraits by Tom Dingley)
In Retail + The Dowry Blade (Fantasy Novel by Cherry Potts)
In Retail + The Don’t Touch Garden (Poetry by Kate Foley)