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Fight In An Art Gallery Wayne Dean-Richards Gets Salty with it

Fight In An Art Gallery

Wayne Dean-Richards Gets Salty with it

by Wayne Dean-Richards,
first published: June, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

'fight in an art gallery' a new poem from the forthcoming Wayne Dean-Richards collection, It's a Mad World But Funny...

Wayne Dean-Richards has shared 18 poems for us to publish during 2023. The collection is called It's a Mad World, But Funny. Eventually there will be a free, downloadable PDF of all the poems and a planned A6 compendium too. (Links to all of the poems way down the page.)

fight in an art gallery

we went to an exhibition by John Salt
because his pictures of cars
and no fucking people appealed to me.

there were no fucking people in
Salt’s paintings but
there were a few in the gallery.

up on the second floor was where
the fight broke out: two big men
wearing baseball caps and jeans
laid into each other.

nobody did a thing to stop it
which surprised me
till I realized they thought
it was a staged fight:
a piece of performance art.

“the guy with the blue cap
will win,” I said,
“the other guy’s too slow,
carries his hands too low.”

“everyone’s
a fucking critic,” my better half said

which shut me right up.

© Wayne Dean-Richards


Essential Info
The 18 poems comprising Wayne Dean-Richards' IT'S A MAD WORLD BUT FUNNY series are listed below.  Outsideleft will be publishing them all throughout 2023. A free downloadable PDF and a limited edition A6 Outsideleft Booklet (for neither profit or loss) of these poems will be available at the end. But not till the end. I am pretty sure that means November...


Wayne Dean-Richards

Wayne Dean-Richards works with short stories and the novel. His work has been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. Some of that work can be found in his collection Cuts, available here


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