John Streeter Manifold

(21 April 1915 – 19 April 1985 / Melbourne)


  • ''She ran down the stair
    A twelve-year-old darling
    And laughing and calling
    She tossed her bright hair;''
    John Streeter Manifold (b. 1915), British poet. Fife Tune (l. 9-12). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''Odysseus saw the sirens; they were charming,
    Blonde, with snub breasts and little neat posteriors,''
    John Streeter Manifold (b. 1915), British poet. The Sirens (l. 9-10). . . Sonnet, The; an Anthology. Robert M. Bender and Charles L. Squier, eds. (1987) Washington Square Press/Pocket Books.

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From billabong or pond
he serenades the moon
upon his small bassoon;
the moon does not respond
but in the hope she might
he keeps it up all night.

The meatworker in magpie suit
goes home and practices his flute

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