Edwin Brock Poems
- Five Ways To Kill A Man There are many cumbersome ways to ...
- Tas In March White on dark water, so stark I leave my ...
- These Old Songs grow in the mind, their rhymes chiming ...
- The Sea, The Sea In a house at the edge of a cliff you can ...
- Morston Marshes Into this muddy coastline the North Sea ...
- Winterton It is a sinking into sand; marram grass too sharp...
- The Ghost Dancer It is surprising to be here, now, among ...
Edwin Brock was a British poet. Brock wrote two of the best-known poems of the last century, Five Ways to Kill a Man and Song of the Battery Hen.
Brock was born in Dulwich, London, in 1927. He grew up in a turbulent working class family with no literary aspirations. He won a scholarship to a local grammar school but his formal education ended after he gained his School Certificate. Brock's interest in poetry was inspired by a paperback anthology of modern verse which he picked up idly as a bored 18-year old, waiting to be de-mobbed from the Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War. This chance encounter in Hong Kong was to prove revelatory and from then ... more »
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Five Ways To Kill A Man
There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.
Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet ...