The Angry Mountain

There is a lot of anger in the world today. Anger, anxiety, depression, disappointment. Whether escalated by austerity, financial woes, politics, social interaction, social media interaction or a bad day, I can honestly say I’ve never seen so much.

Maybe it’s a condition of being the age that I am, and maybe it’s the transition from optimistic youth to trump old man.

Drugs apparently help. Or mindfulness. For me, its creativity.

(For Nev)

There is an angry mountain

Where I like to go to rant

But halfway up my body aches

And I can barely pant.

But if I make the elevation

An achievement is my gain

And a sense of great elation

Overcomes my inner pain.

I then race down the rocky slope

As if I were a boy

My mind and soul refill with hope

And overflow with joy.

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Adrian’s life in publishing began as a prolific fanzine editor, producing some 300 issues in the early 1990s. His first book was Shelf Life, an anthology published in memory of his friend Craig Hinton. He then spent several years writing strategies and policy documents for the government before establishing an independent press, Fringeworks, which he tries so hard to keep going.

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