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Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell was guest poet on Paul McCartney’s 1991 World Tour. His Greatest Hits has just appeared from Bloodaxe.

Barbara Hepworth used to do my hair. I was a weekend Ted in those days and Miz H could shape a mean Pompadour. She liked to get a sort of surfer’s tunnel through the front. Trough of the Wave, she called it, and from the right angle you could see right through my hair like my head had a hole in it, which it didn’t. I jacked in Babs finally because she’d always be playing the...

Letter

Napalm

17 March 1988

SIR: My friend and former colleague D.A.N.Jones (LRB, 17 March) makes a natural mistake when he quotes the description of a napalm victim which I used as a running reminder on every page of my 1968 book of poems, Out Loud. It was not from a Vietnam War news report, but from a Korean War report by that fine journalist, the late René Cutforth. Part of the tragedy was that masters of the human...

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