Brian Higgins (1930 – 1965) is now forgotten as a poet but published three collections of poetry during his lifetime. This poem, “Analogy” comes from his second, Notes While Travelling (Longmans, London, 1964).
His first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abeland-Schuman (New York – London – Toronto) in 1960, and the final one (posthumously), The Northern Fiddler, by Methuen (London) in 1966. His death was ascribed to a ”rare heart condition”.
More on Higgins available on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Higgins_(poet)
The portrait of Higgins is by Patrick Swift and is used courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ford Madox Ford, 1873 – 1939.
Best known as the author of such novels as The Good Soldier and No More Parades, Ford was also an accomplished modernist poet. He enlisted with the Welch Regiment in 1915 at the age of 41, served at the front and was wounded. “Nostalgia” (with the alternative title, “The Iron Music”) is one of a number of poems that take their rise from his experiences of the Great War.
Image of Ford c/o The Ford Madox Ford Society (http://www.fordmadoxfordsociety.org).
The text is taken from Ford Madox Ford: Selected Poems, edited with an introduction by Max Saunders, published by Carcanet Press, 2003.
‘After a while most of us find we’re doing the same stuff; I tried new things.’
Listen to my interview with poet Geoff Hattersley for the Royal Literary Fund, in which I talk about my life as a poet, publisher and editor.
And a regular poetry reading group:
Following our discussion of Robert Creeley’s poem, “I Know a Man”, you may be interested in listening to the poet reading the poem at different times in his life. These recordings can be found at PennSound, which is a living archive of modern and contemporary poets: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/authors.php
You can also listen to William Carlos Williams reading “The Red Wheelbarrow” on the same site.
Listen to this short podcast on Tennyson’s poem, “Ulysses”.
The current issue of The Blue Nib poetry magazine (edited by one of our former MA Creative Writing grads) contains some of my poems and an article about how I came to write a poem a day for four years.
Go to The Blue Nib magazine.