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Jennie Feldman, The Grey Bird

No bright rhyme for this backward glare, the oboe-squawk half throttled with hindsight’s effort. Barely, acrobatically, hanging on. Is it in the way fear squiggles a frown and overdoes the eye’s black brow that we glimpse relief? Gravity resisted against … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Black and White Bird

Lifted birdily out of the sober quirks of sadness, not to be weighed down. Forget the palette, the easel-hours stuck sitting like a petrified gorilla— here’s quick strokes, dark washes. Poised ambiguities: landing / taking off? One bright eye unfailing dares … Continue reading

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Jennie Feldman, The Pink Bird

How to get a grip – scant-toed chick number twenty-one at Bowman’s Lodge (Holloway), dislodged unfledged pink & clueless – sixty-odd years on? Eye skyward, whence come fantastical figments marvellous skews that fly thin air against our limits. Flap-flap absolomly … Continue reading

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Edward Lear to Lady Rawlinson

An 1866 advertising circular Edward Lear sent to Lady Rawlinson (wife of Sir Henry Rawlinson), enclosing an alphabet “towards the education of [her] son” (unfortunately not included) and two photographs, one of which, Lear painting in his studio, I do not … Continue reading

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Margaret Terry Meets Edward Lear

The summer of 1870 we spent in the mountains south of Turin. … That summer was memorable to me for my first experience in hero worship. Those were the days of the table d’hôte. The guest assembled and sat together … Continue reading

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John Mole, The Edward Lear Poem (1989)

John Mole, “The Edward Lear Poem.” The Spectator, 2 December 1989, p. 42. He kept his wife in a box he did And she never complained though the neighbours did Because of the size of the box and the way … Continue reading

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John Fuller, Edward Lear in Corsica

John Fuller, “Edward Lear in Corsica.” Times Literary Supplement, 7 July 1995. New Selected Poems: 1983-2008. London, Chatto & Windus, 2012. Is it not unpleasant, at fifty-six years of age, to feel that it is increasingly probablu that a man … Continue reading

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