​Mr Brian Austin | by ​John D Robinson

80 years old and fighting cancer
he is still razor sharp witted and

quick with it and the gift to tell a

good story and one of the 

favourites is about meeting

Robert Graves:

his wife was a big-house published

poet and had a close correspondence

with the great man and had the rare

privilege of spending some time with

him at his Mallorca home:

‘They’d talk for hours without

pausing, I’d sit there silent, feeling

out of place and stupid, one time

I decided to enter into the

conversation, after hearing Graves

tell my wife, ‘what ever you write,

always write with love-magic’ 

‘And why is that Mr Graves?’ 

I asked:

Graves shot me a look and said

‘Because it is’ and then looked 

back to my wife and continued

with the exchange,  I looked

away and decided to never open

my mouth in his presence again,

and I never did’.

John D Robinson born in the UK in 63, is a published poet; When You Hear The Bell, Theres Nowhere To Hide (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016)  Cowboy Hats & Railways (Scars Publications 2016); a contributor to the 2016   48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals including Rusty Truck; Red Fez; Outlaw Poetry; Bareback Lit; Degenerate Literature; The Commonline Journal; Haggard & Halloo; Beatnik Cowboy; Boyslut; Anti Heroin Chic; In Between Hangovers;  Grandma Moses Press; Yellow Mama;  Hobo Camp Review; Eunoia Review; Zombie Logic Review; Rats Ass Review; Sentinel Literary Quarterly; A Cavalcade Of Stars; Dead Snakes; Hand Job Zine; Horror Sleaze and Trash; Outsider Poetry; Your One Phone Call; Spokes; Grandma Moses Press; Down In The Dirt Magazine; Walking Is Still Honest Press; Poems For All: The Sunflower Collective: he is married and lives in the UK with his wife.


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