Barry Tebb

(1942 / West Yorkshire / UK)

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Barry Tebb is an English poet, publisher and author. He was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1942.
His poetry was first published by Alan Tarling's 'Poet and Printer Press' in the sixties, along with Ted Hughes, Michael Longley and Iain Crichton Smith. His first collection was praised by John Carey in the New Statesman and his work was included in the Penguin anthology Children of Albion: ... more »

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The Gift

We were three weeks

Into term, Sheila,

When you came

Through the classroom door;

Forty-four children

Bent over books,

Copying Roethke's

‘The Lost Son'.

You wrote your

First poem on the ‘Moses'

Of Michelangelo.

Words cut like stone.

I taught you Greek

But your painting of

‘The Essence of the Rose'

Was pure Platonic form.

You drew the masks

Of Comedy and Tragedy

In perfect harmony.

Having seen neither;

So Socrates was right.

Those who have the ...

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