Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond Poems
- Cats Cats no less liquid than their shadows Offer no angles ...
- The Man In The Bowler Hat I am the unnoticed, the unnoticable...
- Day Dream One day people will touch and talk perhaps ...
- Birch Tree The birch tree in winter Leaning over the secret ...
- Not Love Perhaps This is not Love, perhaps, Love that lays ...
- Attack On The Ad-Man This trumpeter of nothingness, ...
- Betrayal If a man says half himself in the light, adroit Way...
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (Birkenhead, July 19, 1902 - Chelsea, London May 13, 1962) was an English poet.
He went to Charterhouse School, but ran away at age 16. After studying at Liverpool University, he moved to London where he worked in bookshops, and also as a copywriter.
After avoiding military service in World War II, he later discovered he was unfit for service.
An eccentric and an Imagist, Tessimond wrote astute, elegant, urban poetry. He suffered from bipolar disorder, and received electro-convulsive therapy.
He first began to publish in the 1920s in literary magazines. He was to see three volumes of poetry were published during his ... more »
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Cats no less liquid than their shadows
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat through loopholes
Less than themselves; will not be pinned
To rules or routes for journeys; counter
Attack with non-resistance; twist
Enticing through the curving fingers
And leave an angered empty fist.
They wait obsequious as darkness
Quick to retire, quick to return;
Admit no aim or ethics; flatter
With reservations; will not learn
To answer to their names; are seldom
Truly owned till shot or skinned.
Cats no less liquid than their ...