Joe Randolph Ackerley


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Joe Randolph "J. R." Ackerley was a British writer and editor. Starting with the BBC the year after its founding in 1927, he was promoted to literary editor of The Listener, its weekly magazine, where he served for more than two decades. He published many emerging poets and writers who became influential in Great Britain. He was openly gay, a rarity in his time when homosexuality was ... more »

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Can they still live,
Beckon and cry
Over the years
After they die,
Bringing us tears

Those we once set
With us abreast,
Shielded and cherished,
Are they distressed
If we forget
After they've perished?

So while they sleep
Do they not trust
Friendship to keep
Memory bright
Lest it fall quite
Into the dust?

Ah, but they try
That to retain
Lest they should die
Over again . . .

What magic art
Conjured his name
Out of still seas,
So that my heart,
Stripped of its ...

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