Goose Eggs & Crickets

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I assume you’re familiar with a goose egg, e.g. the organic vessel containing the zygote in which an embryo develops until it can survive on its own, but have you ever heard of the idiom a goose egg?

For those of you that don’t want to follow a link a goose egg basically means zero. As in I’ve got nowt.

I could waffle on about how I’ve been trying to work the idiom “a goose egg” into a poem for a while. And I have, I think I managed it a while back, but it was in a draft that may well never see the light of day—and if it does it’s only for the regulation court yard exercise that the Geneva Convention insists upon*

I suppose I can use a goose egg in relation to the number of poems I’ve written in April for #heynonnynanowrimopomo, but what would be the point in either?

Instead, I will use this weeks post to draw your (lyrical**) eye to the latest venture of Richie McCaffery. He’s posting poems every couple of days up on his blog, The Lyrical Aye

Already this week, we’ve seen poems from

Matthew Paul
Roger Hare
Matthew Stewart
Charlotte Gann
Ben Banyard
Maxine Rose Munro

I’ve not allowed myself to read Charlotte’s poems as I’m expecting her latest book, The Girl Who Cried (and these poems are in it apparently) through any day, but was especially pleased to see new work from Matthew Paul, having loved his collection, The Evening Entertainment.

I read Ben’s, Roger’s and Maxine’s and enjoyed them immensely. Ben’s poems are new and from his new book, Hi-Viz, due out later this year. That’s suitably far enough off to allow me to read them.

Roger and Maxine are new to me, so this is all good. Matthew Stewart, I’m less sure about him..Not sure he has it in him***

I really hope Richie can maintain the work rate for this – there’s no reason why he won’t, just that new poems everyday is a hefty rate.

Obviously, you’ll know Richie is a brilliant poet in his own right, and of course you’ll be proud owners of his collections and pamphlets.

*Subs to confirm this is actually the Geneva Convention that says this.
** If you’ve got this far you’ll know by now why I did this
*** He knows I love him dearly. It’s lovely to see poems from Knives Of Villalejo out in the wild


30k running – Double last week. 15k this morning helped me find my way back..Also includes Flo’s first ever 5K. Hopefully I can pull myself back together as the weeks go by, still some faking it to be making it going on with the motivation now the Ultra is postponed..

1 Poems worked on. – Currently called Trajectory, it was called Cod Psychology for a bit. Might change again.

7 Billion Hangouts for work

2 rejections – 1 from Magma (Thanks guys…Maybe tell people before you send it to print and post about it, yeah!!) and The Rialto. Quickest ever Rialto rejection. I remain undeterred.

Over 165 days now for submissions being out with Tangerine, North and Lonely Crowd. I should count from the window closing and I’m not complaining (much) about waiting, but I’d love to just know one way or the other.

3 days without cigarettes. Fits and starts, yeah!!

1 more week that I’m not having an affair with Eva Green

1 quiz via Zoom with some mates where I learnt there are 9 ways to get out in Cricket. Don’t ask me to name them. I was pissed at this point


  1. Moussaka and a Manns Brown Ale
  2. Yes, I Am Listing What I Had For Dinner
  3. And Yes, I Have Betrayed My Roots And Called It Dinner Instead Of Tea


Charlotte Gann – Noir
Charles Simic – New & Selected Poems 1962- 2012
Jo Youngs – Firing Pins

True Detective, S3 E6-8
Spooks – S3, E1

Listened to:

Still going back through old albums…via iTunes to avoid killing the wifi while streaming.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Aerial M – As Performed By…
Blood Everywhere – Open Season
Ren Harvieu – Revel In The Drama
Pearl Jam – Gigaton
Carole King – Speeding Time
Big Thief – Two Hands
Lola Kirke – Head Heart West
Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs
Lou Bond – ST
Lowgold – Just Backwards of Square
Magnetic North – Prospect of Skelmersdale
The Majestics – Here Come Da Judge
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
Ofege – Lead Me On
Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones & modern Driveway
Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance
Saxon Shore – The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
Sharon Van Etten – Are We there? & Because I Was In Love
Tindersticks – Can Our Love…
Tom McRae – The Alphabet of Hurricanes
American Wrestlers – ST & Goodbye Terrible Youth
The Cure – The Top
The Felice Brothers – Undress
SaintSeneca – Last
Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
Leafcutter John – Yes! Come Parade With Us
Chris Forsyth – All Time Present 
10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe
Explosions In The Sky
Live Capitol Theatre, 2017
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
How Strange, Innocence
Prince Avalanche OST
The Rescue
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro – ST
Flo’s Kitchen Cleaning Playlist
Laura Veirs
The Lookout
Year of Meteors
July Flame
Warp and Weft

The Poet Laureate Retires To His Shed – Lily Cole

and of course, The Archers…(When will they mention Covid 19???)

8 thoughts on “Goose Eggs & Crickets

  1. I have never heard of a metaphorical goose egg. This is geese to me. How can a goose egg mean not much, when a goose egg is so huge and so wonderfully rich? My friend keeps geese and her husband bakes the most marvellous cakes with the eggs, which have deep golden yolks. And the eggs are so huge, they’re like dinosaur eggs. If you’ve been writing goose eggs, Mat, I suspect the products will be exquisitely tasty. You wrote this blog for a start! 🙂

    • I don’t think I’ve ever had a goose egg…as in an actual goose egg, but I think the goose egg I’m referencing is the one that looks like a zero. It’s also now reminded me of the word gongoozler.

      Thank you, I think it’s a long-winded way of saying I have nothing to say.

  2. I’d never heard of a goose egg as an idiom either – my battered old copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says, “See ‘duck’s egg’; and under ‘Duck’s egg’, it says is that the cricket term of scoring a duck is a shortened form of ‘duck’s egg’, which I’d never realised. Good to learn something new every day and all that.

    And thanks for the big-up, Mat – much appreciated.

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