what sort of shuffle-puck mascu-identity
were you intent to buy into
in the ‘reduced to clear’ aisles
of Primark transcentral?
poly-cotton, puttied-armpit, sweat-pig?
unbreathable fabric; allegedly, unethically,
furtive shirting hoarder
with ne’er l’occasione to wear’ em!
is it a one-remove, genial, Jermyn Street
gentlemanliness you hanker?
is it all in the massprod machined detail?
the finesse of yoke, cloth, cut, collar, cuff
or the pretence thereof
that leaves you clanging, flat, forsaken?
a deficit of hunk the attire conspires to cure, Sir?
this alchemic classic fit, non-iron, mascu-bag, Sir?
another Diablo all wrapped up
in cutaway collar, Windsor knot.
Barney Ashton-Bullock is widely published in cult poetry journals. His latest poetry pamphlet ‘Café Kaput!’ is published by Broken Sleep Books. He is the poet/librettist in the ‘Andy Bell is Torsten’ queer music-theatre-poetry collective and narrates his own verse on various Downes Braide Association albums. Twitter: @barney_poetry