Elly McDonald


Back in Business (1982)

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Back in business, in tycoon form

touting like a hustler for what

the day may bring: bring noise bring

heat bring dust and it smells

like the street (my private property my

Wall Street, my bonanza)

bought and sold, selling now

on competitive terms: my sharp

my shop-worn challenge

on a day like today, on my street

feeling strong: feel cunning (lazy malice)

and sly: feel like laughing –

wanna rip somebody off

Author: Elly McDonald

Australian-born, with English mother, has lived in several Australian cities and in London. Travelled widely. Way way back when, published widely as a poet and short story writer. For the first 20 years of my working life I worked as an entertainment journalist, publicist, PR consultant and in advertising and media agencies. In the second 20 years, I worked in marketing roles at non-profit organisations then retrained as a teacher, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees. Also did miserable McJobs, and a long, happy stint at an art gallery.

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