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Logue’s Poster Poems

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There’s an exhibition of Christopher Logue’s poster poems at Rob Tufnell, 83 Page Street, London SW1, until 7 November.

'Sex War Sex Cars Sex' by Christopher Logue and Derek Boshier, 1967.

‘Sex War Sex Cars Sex’ by Christopher Logue and Derek Boshier, 1967.

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  1. Simon Wood says:

    The trip to see Logue’s posters is worth it for the diddy Lutyens pavilion alone that the show is housed in on the monumental Grosvenor Estate. If you’re going to live in social housing, this is the place to go.

    Last night in Notting Hill
    I saw Blake passing by
    Who saw Ezekiel
    Airborne on Peckham Rye

    The posters are very Vietnam. “Airborne” could be a reference to the para regiments who were poured into the jungle.

    There’s a story about Jimi Hendrix, who had been given the option of joining the army instead of going to jail for teenage crimes. He was introduced to a Chelsea Pensioner and asked him what regiment he’d served in. The old boy, eyeing Jimi’s flamboyant, vintage Beatles army tunic, in turn asked the guitarist for his regiment.

    “101st Airborne”, Hendrix replied immediately about the elite unit. Logue had famously been in the army clink for misdemeanours on national service.

    Anyway, it’s National Poetry Day, a good day to remember the belligerent old pacifist and his at-’em, not-creative-writing style. As I cycled home up the hill of Camberwell Grove where Logue had lived, the lines came to me:

    If I can get high enough
    I could be he who saw him
    Who saw Blake Who saw Ezekiel
    Up the same tree on Peckham Rye


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