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The Emperor's Despatch | 02-Nov-05

Poem begins:

"This meeting drags, and I don't care about their troubles at the bloody border. / Some stone tribe has taken a small town...and my generals are made to go and slay. / But as they speak, I almost feel I can see you ..."

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This is a wonderful poem. It appeared in an anthology called 'Love, Love, Love' which was published in the 1960s or 1970s at the time when the poems of Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten were receiving critical acclaim, in fact the poem may have been written by Brian Patten(?). I would love to find it again. It ends with lines something like 'Come to me tonight, wear your blue and yellow and stay mine', let me know if you find it!
Seamus Jennings

Thanks to Seamus Jennings, we have located the poem, indeed in this fantastic psychadelically designed paperback. The poem is by Alan Jackson, and it can also be found in his book Salutations: Collected Poems 1960-1989, which was published by Polygon in 1990.
Poetry Library

I've acquired a copy of Salutations!
If you want the full poem, let me know.
So glad you appreciate it too.
Gail Slavin

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