Ken Smith

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Kenneth John Smith, poet, born December 4 1938; died June 27 2003

Ken Smith was born in Rudston, a small village in Yorkshire. His father (a farm worker and then greengrocer shop owner), whose life he explores in an early poem, Family Group, moved around, and Ken attended junior schools all over the county. After grammar school in Hull and Knare ...
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The Secret Police
They are listening in the wires,
in the walls, under the eaves
in the wings of house martins,
in the ears of old women,
Fast Forward
one thing then another

one story then another conversation
always interrupted by another conversation
The Shadow Of God
To Mohács
in the marshlands, still in the pouring rain,
August 29th, 1526, where those summoned
and hastily gathered died in thousands
They spent my life plotting against me.
With nothing to do but cultivate themselves,
but to be there, aligning their shadows,
they were planning to undo me,
Duck At Haldon Ponds
At evening watches the duck
slow feeding the waterline.

Praises the duck. Such a fine


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