Almanac Poetry: ‘Handel’s Father was a Barber-surgeon’

Handel’s Father was a Barber-surgeon


Is the guitar obbligato
that Angus Young plays
throughout AC-DC’s
essentially Bach’s
“Toccata and Fugue”
played backwards?
—Jesus, I hope so.
And is the band’s song
“Who Made Who”
the Scottish-Australian lads’ contribution
to the Prometheus myth,
à la Shelley’s Frankenstein?





Acknowledgement: previously appeared in my latest book-length poetry collection, Orpheus in the Undershirt (Ginninderra Press, 2018).


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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    The video clip accompanying this poem is a real hoot – featuring an army of cloned Angus Young figures in full schoolboy uniform! (it may also illuminate the poem a little.)

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