National Trust

Bottomless pits. There's one in Castleton,
and stout upholders of our law and order
one day thought its depth worth wagering on
and borrowed a convict hush-hush from his warder
and winched him down; and back, flayed, grey, mad, dumb.

Not even a good flogging made him holler!

O gentlemen, a better way to plumb
the depths of Britain's dangling a scholar,
say, here at the booming shaft at Towanroath,
now National Trust, a place where they got tin,
those gentlemen who silenced the men's oath
and killed the language that they swore it in.

The dumb go down in history and disappear
and not one gentleman's been brought to book:

Mes den hep tavas a-gollas y dyr

(Cornish) -
'the tongueless man gets his land took.'

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Tony Harrison

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1Thomas Campey and the Copernican System

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2The Pocket Wars of Peanuts Joe

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3The Bedbug

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4Guava Libre

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5Prague Spring

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6The Nuptial Torches

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7'Flying down to Rio'

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8Heredity

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9On Not Being Milton

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10Classics Society

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11National Trust

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12Them & [uz]

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13Book Ends

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14Isolation

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15Continuous

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16Marked with D.

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17The Icing Hand

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18Timer

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19Under the Clock

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20Gaps

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21Initial Illumination

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22A Cold Coming

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23Legal Ruling

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24The Cycles of Donji Vakuf

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25Noah's Sacrifice

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26Fig on the Tyne

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27The Krieg Anthology (extracts)

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28Shrapnel

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