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Four Poems

Robert Crawford, 16 November 2000

... haugh, Oxter, pinkie and lobeless lug As it will be in the beginning. A Moment of Your Time for Kate Whiteford Z-rods and a Pictish hoopla of carved rings Swim into view. Yacht sails on the North Sea Tack back and forth, xeroxing other summers When other yacht sails did that too, sped, idled, Veered into light. Dwamtime. Heat-haze. Relaxed, Unchronological ...

I sizzle to see you

John Lahr: Cole Porter’s secret songs, 21 November 2019

The Letters of Cole Porter 
edited by Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh.
Yale, 672 pp., £25, October 2019, 978 0 300 21927 2
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... of perfect equipoise.Porter (1891-1964) was the cosseted surviving child of three born to Kate and Sam Porter, a pharmacist in Peru, Indiana. He inherited his aptitude for music from his father, a good pianist with an attractive tenor voice. ‘I suppose he started me writing lyrics,’ Porter said – he wrote his first song when he was ten. He ...

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