Poetry

Margaret Bradstock: Three Poems

George Henry Bragge (1861−1935)   He didn’t join his brothers on the tightrope but found his own aerial flight-path playing footy for Carlton instead, Aussie Rules, the hurl and glide of it not far removed from the mayhem of Gaelic football, a landscape he would go on dreaming in. They nicknamed him O’Shea. In the club photo, broad-shouldered, he’s sporting the uniform of long leather trousers and thong-laced vest, a latter-day Oisin, mythologised.   Retired from the fray, he took up work on the turnstiles at Carlton footy ground drank at the pub in Racecourse Road with his cronies, berated…

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