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Poetry 'Banksy' targets Swansea hairdresser with latest romantic lines of verse.

Byline: Tyler Mears Reporter tyler.mears@walesonline.co.uk

ASWANSEA hairdressers has joined a growing collection of businesses around the UK being sent romantic poems by a mystery man dubbed the Banksy of poetry.

Sent to a number of hairdressers and other businesses in recent weeks, they are signed by 'M Jones' or 'composer Mark Jones' and are posted from Lancashire.

They appear to be love poems and each include the phrase "keep your chin up, keep smiling".

Jamie Hill Salon, based at the Swansea Marina waterfront, is the latest hairdressers to receive the verses which are handwritten by the poet on a black card with a silver pen.

Salon owner Jamie and the staff have been left puzzled by the delivery.

Jamie said: "It's a nice surprise by post. I like the mystery of the art, the Literature-Banksy comparison is an apt one, and I wonder why it is hair salons in particular that are being picked.

"The verse we've received at the salon is a sweet one, in honour of a particular lady, who's obviously very close to the author and had a longlasting effect on him.

"We'd love to welcome M Jones to the salon sometime, but who knows, maybe he has already been in for an appointment with one of our stylists?" The mystery poet has sent five poems to a salon in Penygroes in Gwynedd and seven over three years to a salon in Lancashire.

There are also reports of poems being sent to Yeovil Town and Hednesford Town football clubs, churches and salons in the north-east of England and hotels in Aberystwyth and Machynlleth in Mid Wales.

Some recipients have attempted to find the poet but with no success but the envelopes PRESENTED ON BLACK CARD WITH SILVER PEN, THIS TIME, THE VERSE READ: Love her for what she is and not for what you want her to be She's absolutely crazy For all the world to see She's got her intuitions That I can't understand She's got us men In the palm of her hand She cares for the children She keeps them from harm The children adore her It's part of her charm There's no denying she's mystifying And i love her so much What would this world become Without a woman's touch Keep your chin up Keep smiling M Jones 2015

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