Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond Poems
- The Man In The Bowler Hat I am the unnoticed, the unnoticable...
- Cats Cats no less liquid than their shadows Offer no angles ...
- Day Dream One day people will touch and talk perhaps ...
- Not Love Perhaps This is not Love, perhaps, Love that lays ...
- Attack On The Ad-Man This trumpeter of nothingness, ...
- Birch Tree The birch tree in winter Leaning over the secret ...
- Betrayal If a man says half himself in the light, adroit Way...
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (Birkenhead, July 19, 1902 - Chelsea, London May 13, 1962) was an English poet.
He went to Charterhouse School, but ran away at age 16. After studying at Liverpool University, he moved to London where he worked in bookshops, and also as a copywriter.
After avoiding military service in World War II, he later discovered he was unfit for service.
An eccentric and an Imagist, Tessimond wrote astute, elegant, urban poetry. He suffered from bipolar disorder, and received electro-convulsive therapy.
He first began to publish in the 1920s in literary magazines. He was to see three volumes of poetry were published during his ... more »
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The Man In The Bowler Hat
I am the unnoticed, the unnoticable man:
The man who sat on your right in the morning train:
The man who looked through like a windowpane:
The man who was the colour of the carriage, the colour of the mounting
Morning pipe smoke.
I am the man too busy with a living to live,
Too hurried and worried to see and smell and touch:
The man who is patient too long and obeys too much
And wishes too softly and seldom.
I am the man they call the nation's backbone,
Who am boneless - playable catgut, pliable clay:
The Man they label Little lest one day
I dare to ...