Poem introduction

This is a completely negative sort of poem. Or is it.

Dirge for Unwin

Dirge for Unwin

Uncle Unwin
lived unwed,
died unmourned,
our tears unshed,
his chin unshaved,
his soul unsaved,
his feet unwashed,
his cat unfed,

uncouth, unkempt,
no cuff unfrayed,
his floor unswept,
his bed unmade,
unkind to us,
the undertaker's
bill unpaid

his will,
found undercover,
left untold wealth
to an unknown lover.
It's so unfair.
We were unaware:
even nobodies count
on one another.

from <i>The All-Nite Cafe</i> (Faber, 1993), © Philip Gross 1993, used by permission of the author.


Philip Gross Children's Poems

Philip Gross Reading from his Poems for Children

1Trespassers Will

2The Twenty Sixers

3Peter Poulter

4Jack's Black Day

5Mrs Stoker



8Song of the Empty Dovecote

9At the All-Nite Café

10Dirge for Unwin




14History Lesson

15Daughters of the Sea

16Tales from the Dark Continent

17Small Dawn Song

18Between Streetlights

19Knucklebone Yard


21Plate Glass

22Witch Elder

23A Funny Turn

24Teatime, 1960

25 House of Air


27The Side Way Back

28White Ones

29Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse-Keeper

30Nanny Neverly

31Master Mobius Presents

32Fire Says

33Stone Says

34The Living Room

35Rain in the Rhondda

36Big Muddy Blues

37Room Inside

Books by Philip Gross Children's Poems