by Tony Brennan
He’s a mature age student with some midlife resistance to new tricks, learning how to wash his hands properly when he thought he learnt that early, and has learnt only this season how to grow tomatoes, how to cook zucchini slice so it rises in the tray, how if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well, and how to be responsible for his own happiness and, less strong on this one, his own unhappiness and how to accept himself in a less questioned way or at least to sign up-for that course though he might need to defer it to his shame. And to learn in a sort of humiliating way that at 55 years young he is 5 and 15 and 25 and 15 and 5 again and all at once and not showing much progress in his studies. In fact, he seems to be stuck in grade 8 or 9 and if some life lesson might have happened then he cannot recall which textbook it was in and seems to have lost all his notes.
Tony Brennan is a father of three, a teacher who works in a hospital, and lives in South Hobart with his wife Kate. He’s a poet and songwriter. His poetry arises from home life, observations and experiences – it has some edginess, humour and quirkiness. He published his first collection A Beauty that Catches in November 2016. For Tony ‘Poetry is like songwriting, but all the music is in the words and the spaces between them’.