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 poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) 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. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.


  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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