Tony Harrison

(1937 - / Leeds / England)

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  • ''The Prospero of poisons, the Faustus of the front,
    bringing mental magic to modern armament.''
    Tony Harrison (b. 1953), British poet. Square Rounds. The speaker is intended to be the German chemist Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and father of chemical warfare.
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Long Distance II

Though my mother was already two years dead
Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas,
put hot water bottles her side of the bed
and still went to renew her transport pass.

You couldn't just drop in. You had to phone.
He'd put you off an hour to give him time
to clear away her things and look alone
as though his still raw love were such a crime.

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