Wednesday, 6 January 2021

You are a peculiar fellow, Abse

New and collected POEMS, Dannie Abse all of a piece.  The surgeon and writer, in some years; full-throated ease, and sometimes dig-in versification that reads and informs but does not flash with eloquence. One doesn't wait long for the brilliant. 

As the younger man catches up with me - late fifties - there are more glorious days.  And we have passed through shared experience of death, loss of friends, dealing with the young, even some shared time - in a long-range kind of way - with Michelangelo and the Medici Chapel.  There's always overlap with these guys.  I thought he might have written more of or to WCW in Heaven, he may: I've another generation to go.   ALSO, special commendation of the poetry book society.  

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