Alan Jenkins

Alan Jenkins is the author of The Drift and Little Black Book, among other collections.

Poem: ‘Ondine’

Alan Jenkins, 19 June 2003

M’introduire dans ton histoire C’est en héros effarouché . . . (Mallarmé) Her river was the swift-flowing Rhone; mine, all that improbable year, the Hérault (‘M’introduire, I said, ‘m’introduire dans ton histoire c’est en Hérault . . .’) The two come near but do not flow into each other, any more than the mighty...

Poem: ‘Cousins’

Alan Jenkins, 4 October 2001

A Sunday at home, since I still called them that, the house, the garden and the patch of lawn in front long gone to weeds and waist-high grasses that I crawled round, hacking wildly with the shears he’d once wielded, thick with rust now, blunt and useless, while she poked at flowerbeds or sat marooned in a deckchair and wiped her glasses that had misted with her hot flush, or with tears...


John Kerrigan, 13 October 1988

August is the cruellest month, breeding tailbacks on the Dover Road and logjams in every departure lounge. Travel reverts to travail, stirring dull roots in trepalium – that classical...

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Douglas Dunn’s Selected Poems includes the greater part of his published poems, from Terry Street (published in 1969, and reissued with this selection) through four more volumes to the...

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