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Heart on the Left: Poems 1953-1984

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Adrian Mitchell is one of Europe's bestselling poets. His poetry's simplicity, clarity, passion, and humor show his allegiance to a vital, popular tradition embracing everything from William Blake to the blues. His most outspoken political poems, whether about nuclear war, Vietnam, prisons, or racism, have become part of the folklore of the Left, and have been sung and rec ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Bloodaxe Books
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Marxist poet James Scully once uttered to a class of mostly snoozing students the following mysterious statement: "Poetry can be a lot of things, but it must never be fictive." I still have no idea what the hell that means -- sure, Bukowski carrying his ruptured sack of empties is not "fictive", but what about that old salt with the albatross? Or Satan hiding inside that snake? Or the Jabberwock!

Anyway, whenever I encounter a political poet, I think of Scully's Sominex pronunciamento and brace
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Adrian Mitchell FRSL was an English poet, novelist and playwright. A former journalist, he became a noted figure on the British anti-authoritarian Left. For almost half a century he was the foremost poet of the country's anti-Bomb movement. The critic Kenneth Tynan called him the British Mayakovsky.
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