Leo Marks

Leo Marks Poems

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

Leo Marks Biography

Born the son of an antiquarian bookseller in London, he was first introduced to cryptography when his father showed him a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Gold-Bug". From this early interest, he demonstrated his skill at codebreaking at an early age by deciphering his father's secret price codes. His father, Benjamin Marks, was joint owner of the Marks & Co bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, which achieved international fame with the 1970 book of that title by New York writer Helene Hanff and the later plays and movie. As a teenager, he earned pocket money by setting the notoriously difficult Times cryptic crossword.)

The Best Poem Of Leo Marks

The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Leo Marks Comments

Timothy Seabrook 01 October 2004

I have just heard The Life that I Have read out over the radio and would love to track it down.

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Sybil Priestley Priestley 12 January 2021

Imaging 2 13 year old girls in 1958 going to the cinema to see 'Carve Her Name with Pride' 3 times just to get the words of this poem.

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eddy percival 20 November 2020

I think he is greatand his work is the best

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M Asim Nehal 09 February 2019

A brilliant poem, Why just one? I wish to see more poems.

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Abhishek Tiwari 06 November 2011

He also wrote: Nag, nag, niggle, nag Spit your life away Waggle your acid in front of the placid And establish your right of way Then pick a point Peck a point, grind it on a nerve Nag, nag, niggle, nag Till you get what you deserve.

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Julius Stafford-baker 06 August 2010

What a lovely poem, and of course Leo has yet another claim to fame - he was the London bookseller in '84 Charing Cross Road'. Anthony Hopkins played him just right, and I can just remember the actual shop at No 84, with a dark coloured? black frontage. I also remember how my family were likewise [; eased to get food parcels in 1946-49, though in this case not from a famous author in the US, but family in Canada..

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