Tom Pickard

(1946)

Tom Pickard
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Tom Pickard (born 1946, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is a poet, and documentary film maker who was an important initiator of the movement known as the British Poetry Revival. more »

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  • John R. Yadvish(10/23/2018 12:13:00 PM)

    I recently met Tom at the University of Maryland. He is totally unpretentious; how refreshing!

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Best Poem of Tom Pickard

After a row

A lapwing somersaults spring
flips over winter and back.

After a fast walk up long hills, my limbs
the engine of  thought, where burn
bubbles into beck and clough to gill,
beneath a sandstone cliff  balanced on a bed of shale
and held from hurtling by Scots pine
that brush a scrubby sky with cloud snow scutters,
I found a place to sit
by snapping watta smacking rocks
and wondered — how would it be for you?

And so, alone,
un-alone even, in my anger,
bring you here.

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