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
grow in the mind,
their rhymes chiming endlessly
with the sound of feet walking
or rain falling or being taken up
White on dark water, so stark
I leave my binoculars behind
and watch with bare red eyes
two swans, taut with sexuality,
In a house
at the edge of a cliff
you can hear the sea
even with the windows closed
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 form ...