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The Autumn-born in Autumn

Selected Poems

Matthew Mead

Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Aug 2008)
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    Missing Persons

    Just because I neither smiled nor spoke –
    Letting you pass me with the saluting glance
    Which any attractive woman can take as tribute –
    Don’t think that I didn’t know you
    Or that you – staring ahead,
    Recognition in the corner of an eye –
    Did not know me.

    I was in love with you at the age of ten and kept silent.
    Your hair was yellower then and longer,
    You wore prettier dresses than most of the girls.
    Either we share an excellent memory for faces
    Or ghosts inhabit the flesh.

    Matthew Mead began publishing his poetry in the 1960s. By then he had, as Peter Riley noted, ‘located a sense of poetry for which he drew widely from Anglo-American writing, avoiding any programmes of allegiance.’ Over the years he has published five collections of poetry. As he once wrote, ‘I have tried not to avoid what has happened in poetry and psycho-politics during this [20th] century.’

    In his essay which is appended to this collection, Dick Davis analyses the special and uncommon qualities of Mead’s poetry, concluding ‘His tone is unmistakable, and once encountered it is never forgotten.’

    Matthew Mead (1924–2009) was born in Slapton, Buckinghamshire. He served in the British army from 1942 to 1947, including three years in India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Singapore. He edited the poetry magazine Satis . From 1962 he lived in Germany and, with his wife Ruth, translated many German poets, ... read more
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