Tony Harrison

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Harrison was born in Leeds and educated at Leeds Grammar School and the University of Leeds, where he read Classics and took a diploma in Linguistics. For some years he has lived in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The material of much of his poetry is provided by the memories of his working-class childhood. His poems and translations show a power ...
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Long Distance Ii
Though my mother was already two years dead
Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas,
put hot water bottles her side of the bed
and still went to renew her transport pass.
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National Trust
Bottomless pits. There's on in Castleton,
and stout upholders of our law and order
one day thought its depth worth wagering on
and borrowed a convict hush-hush from his warder
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Marked With D.
When the chilled dough of his flesh went in an oven
not unlike those he fuelled all his life,
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Heredity
How you became a poet's a mystery!
Wherever did you get your talent from?

I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry-
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Long Distance I
Your bed's got two wrong sides. You life's all grouse.
I let your phone-call take its dismal course:

Ah can't stand it no more, this empty house!
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Comments

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george puta cinqo 07 October 2019
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Pushpinder Kaur 11 December 2017
Unusual thoughts expressed in a unique manner! An engaging style that you wish to turn to time and again!
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Geoff Sheddick 12 February 2017
I'd like to see his poem, commissioned by the Guardian in 1991, added to PoemHunter.
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Chris Cormack 25 January 2014
Wish I could see the television film poem Blasphemers Banquet again - does anyone know where a dvd of it can be acquired?
11 14 Reply
Pete Jones 26 June 2012
Where's 'Them & Uz'? Any chance of adding it?
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Sid John Gardner. 14 June 2007
One of Us is Tony..... Sid John Gardner.
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