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Poem introduction

I'll end with a poem which, quite often, when I give a poetry reading, I end with - I don't quite know why, it seems to be a sort of little credo of mine.

Simple Poem

Simple Poem

I shall make it simple so you understand.
Making it simple will make it clear for me.
When you have read it, take me by the hand
As children do, loving simplicity.

This is the simple poem I have made.
Tell me you understand. But when you do
Don't ask me in return if I have said
All that I meant, or whether it is true.


from Selected Poems (Enitharmon, 1997), copyright © Anthony Thwaite 1997, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Anthony Thwaite Reading from his Poems

1Monologue in the Valley of the Kings

2By the Sluice

3A Girdle Round the Earth

4For Louis MacNeice

5Called For

6At Marychurch

7Shock

8Imagine a City

9The Return

10Cockroach Story

11Together, Apart

12Sigma

13Potter

14Memoir

15Snakes

16Philip Larkin in New Orleans

17Elegiac Stanzas

18In 1936

19My Father's Poems

20Archaeology

21Watching

22Worst Words

23The Message

24A Crack of Air

25Doing Business

27Tune

27How to Behave

28Epiphany

29Movements

30Simple Poem

Books & cds by Anthony Thwaite