Almanac Poetry: The Anni-Frid, Björn, Benny and Agnetha Syndrome


Chillon Castle, a Swiss island castle visited by Lord Byron – about which he wrote a poem called The Prisoner of Chillon in 1816. [Source: Wikimedia Commons.]


The Anni-Frid, Björn, Benny and Agnetha Syndrome



Every Scandinavian,
at some point in their lives,
has a perfect body
and their seventies popstars
live in sixteenth century castles
in the Alps where Byron and Shelley raved,
summer at St. Tropez, Portofino,
with faded European royalty,
retired Ferrari executives,
bronzed embezzlers in sailing suits
and topless-sunbathing pendulous-breasted
middle-aged Italian
fashion house heiresses,
breed racehorses, become
art experts, wine connoisseurs
and look more elegant now
than at the height of their fame.



St Tropez Harbour, France, 2009. [Source: Wikimedia Commons.]



(Acknowledgments: first published in Tamba, 2008; then in my second book-length collection, Lionheart Summer, in 2011, reprinted by 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. DBalassone says

    Great work Kevin. Ah, those ice cool Swedes. I like this syndrome. I wish I could catch it.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, DB.

    I agree – I’d like some of what they’ve got!

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