Posted by: gdevi | June 17, 2015

Philip Larkin at Westminster Abbey Poet’s Corner

Philip Larkin will be given a stone memorial in the Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey in 2016. Larkin rejected every public honor possible during his lifetime, so this is good. I can’t believe folks still go on about his racism and misogyny. He was one of the most decent men to real people who knew him and interacted with him. Enough already.

Myxomatosis

Caught in the centre of a soundless field

While hot inexplicable hours go by

What trap is this? Where were its teeth concealed?

You seem to ask.

I make a sharp reply,

Then clean my stick. I’m glad I can’t explain

Just in what jaws you were to suppurate:

You may have thought things would come right again

If you could only keep quite still and wait.

-Philip Larkin, “Myxomatosis,” The Less Deceived, 1955.

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