Joan Barton

(1908 - 1986 / England)

Biography of Joan Barton

Barton was a bookseller who had a shop in Marlborough for 20 years, and then moved to Salisbury.

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Thoughts At Happisburgh

Remember the long combes tunnelling into summer
Cumulus tossed into towers and keeps above,
The trampled cliff paths sweet with gorse and bracken
Around each known, each named, particular cove,
And by this touchstone from the years of promise
Happisburgh cracks in dry impersonal pieces -
The reeds, the marram grass, a north wind whipping
The anonymous flat sea margins, the huts, some caravans,
And over it all the sky enormously drifting

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