The Village Show by Paul Stephenson




Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge and studied modern languages. He has published three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies  (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh and interviews poets at: 


























My father was good at auctioning off marrows,

handsome shallots and prize-winning carrots.


He’d a knack for standing on a chair in the Hall

packed with toddlers and pensioners with sticks


who, at half past four, crossed the green for tea

and a slice of sponge to see about the judging.


He sold cars for a living but could also shift potatoes,

mixed bunches of summer flowers, fragrant roses.


From behind his beard he could bellow the bid

for a posey of sweet peas clasped in silver foil.




Paul Stephenson





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