Thursday, 10 July 2008

Stevenson, Stephenson and Thomas

Having thought about lighthouse poems and the [Robert Louis] Stevenson family of lighthouse builders yesterday, I came across an interesting article about railway poems [and the engineer, Stephenson] in The Guardian blog on books. Adlestrop by Edward Thomas has to be one of my favourite poems in this category. Anne Harvey has prepared a fascinating anthology of works by other poets who have wished to make their own response to this popular poem. The title is Adlestrop Revisited, and it is published by Sutton. It contains tributes by John Betjeman, Dannie Abse and Simon Rae, to name but three.

On the subject of railway poems, Peggy Poole edited an anthology (published by Cassell) called Marigolds grow wild on platforms. And still on the subject of Edward Thomas, Anne Harvey has also edited a collection of poems 'for and about Edward Thomas', called Elected Friends. The publisher is Enitharmon.

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