Biography of Bernard Gutteridge
Bernard Gutteridge (1916 – 1985) was an English poet, known for poems about the Spanish Civil War, or from his World War II experiences in Madagascar, India and with the 36th Division of the British Army in Burma (with Alun Lewis).
He was born in Southampton and educated at Cranleigh. He worked in advertising both before and after the war (part of the time for the J. Walter Thompson agency). His 1954 novel The Agency Game is set in the advertising world.
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Bernard Gutteridge Poems
Moves in the rocks with inching fingers. We among the feathery banana trees Imagine for him his aim: the steel helmet And English face filling the backsight's V.
Man Into A Churchyard
He comes unknown and heard and stands there Breathes there hardly and hands grip Flesh and walking stick. Skips over mounds To land flat footed in a bowl of roses.
Moves in the rocks with inching fingers.
We among the feathery banana trees
Imagine for him his aim: the steel helmet
And English face filling the backsight's V.
Again as it was last time, that spurting noise,
Thud, and the writhing figure in long grass.
until we match precision with precision:
We move ten men to one and have him then.