Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News at Eleven: John Agard (1973) has a centenarian getting

confused (calling Keith Floyd "Pink Floyd"); actually, there are some slips. Gillian Clarke has "Heartbreak Hotel on the gramophone" in 1955, but it wasn't recorded till 1956. Grace Nichols recalls Otis Redding reverberating each letter of R-E-S-P-E-C-T in 1965, which he didn't do on record (as Aretha Franklin did), only in some live shows. A poet who doesn't stumble, but who will send many readers to Google themselves, is Geoffrey Hill (1961).

from The Independent: Jubilee Lines: 60 Poets For 60 Years, Edited by Carol Ann Duffy


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