Henry Reed

(22 February 1914 - 8 December 1986 / Birmingham)

Henry Reed Poems

1. A Map Of Verona 1/3/2003
2. Movement Of Bodies 1/3/2003
3. Morning 1/3/2003
4. Chard Whitlow 1/3/2003
5. Sailor's Harbor 1/3/2003
6. The Auction Sale 1/3/2003
7. The Door And The Window 1/3/2003
8. Returning Of Issue 1/3/2003
9. Psychological Warfare 1/3/2003
10. Unarmed Combat 1/3/2003
11. Judging Distances 1/3/2003
12. Lessons Of The War 1/3/2003
13. Naming Of Parts 1/7/2004

Comments about Henry Reed

  • Patricia (11/15/2018 11:19:00 AM)

    A man gifted with the ability to wring from words pain and irony, he places us in the mind of the leader and the led in wartime; but he also masterfully describes reveries of lovers! Read one poem I remembered as Japonica to my students more than 50 years ago, and have never forgotten it.

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Best Poem of Henry Reed

Naming Of Parts

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens likecoral in all the neighboring gardens,
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our ...

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