ALAN SILLITOE (POEMS)

Alan SILLITOE  (1928–2010)  was an English novelist, children's book writer, playwright and social critic, compared to D.H.Lawrence, who also came from Nottingham.

 

He introduced in the post-World War II British fiction realistically portrayed working-class heroes.

 

Best known for his novels, Sillitoe also published poetry, plays, and an autobiography, LIFE WITHOUT ARMOUR (1995).   

 

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OUT OF MY THOUSAND VOICES

Out of my thousand voices

I speak with one

To the waves and flying saltfoam,

Flinging the dovetailed words

Of a single voice

At the knife-edged prow

Of the ship unbreakable

That carries her away.

 

I throw the one remaining voice

Of all my thousand out to sea

And watch it curving

Into the black-paunched water

Like a falling star,

A single word of love

That drops into the grave,

A thousand echoes falling from her ship.

WORK

Coming down first thing I see

The house in a lake of frost and mist,

Bare trees as in a battlefield

From which bodies have been moved.

 

By afternoon Life’s all we’ve got,

No more over the horizon

Mottled flame on a sure bed of coal

Burns out in the parlour grate,

Me at the desk creating lives :

No strength to break my own.

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Fanatical non-smoking teetotal fruitarian,

Bearded, early fifties,

Good walker, plays chess –

But finding life dull,

Wants to meet big bosomed

Class-conscious

Fox-hunting

Country-type carnivore female

With view to conversation

Or conversion.                 

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