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,
ungenerous,
unkind to us,
the undertaker's
bill unpaid

until
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.

Recordings

Philip Gross Children's Poems

Philip Gross Reading from his Poems for Children

1Trespassers Will

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2The Twenty Sixers

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3Peter Poulter

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4Jack's Black Day

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5Mrs Stoker

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6Service

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7Africa

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8Song of the Empty Dovecote

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9At the All-Nite Café

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10Dirge for Unwin

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11Who-Man

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12Growler

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13People-in-cars

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14History Lesson

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15Daughters of the Sea

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16Tales from the Dark Continent

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17Small Dawn Song

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18Between Streetlights

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19Knucklebone Yard

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20Shredded

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21Plate Glass

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22Witch Elder

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23A Funny Turn

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24Teatime, 1960

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25House of Air

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26Them

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27The Side Way Back

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28White Ones

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29Dreams of an Inland Lighthouse-Keeper

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30Nanny Neverly

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31Master Mobius Presents

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32Fire Says

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33Stone Says

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34The Living Room

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35Rain in the Rhondda

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36Big Muddy Blues

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37Room Inside

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21Mappa Mundi

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