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The Big Calls

Maxwell, Glyn
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Live Canon
Published: March 15, 2023
ISBN: 9781909703414
Country of publication: United Kingdom


‘We got the big calls right.’  Did you. In Glyn Maxwell’s graveyard shift, Kipling’s ‘If’ is about Grenfell Tower, Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ about the Johnson government’s response to Covid, and Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ a dark tale of England under the tabloids. ‘Ours is not the world and all that’s in it, Ours is how we live and if we care…’  Oscar Wilde, the Brownings and Gerard Manley Hopkins chime in with poems about the hacking scandal, the Met Police, Afghanistan, and the death of migrants in the Channel.   ‘Sixty years and I will have my say on England, fond and fooled and wrecked and sinking with three cheers in the dissolving light…’

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