I walk across High Holborn and think of you with nothing on
December 23, 2008 7:19 AM Subscribe
Eight years nearly to the day after I read about Adrian Henri's
death on the Formica table of a service-station cafeteria, another of my favourite poets has left us
. Adrian Mitchell
, left-wing poet
, 1932 - 2008.
"Mitchell was in the habit of stipulating in his collections: "None of the work in this book is to be used in connection with any examination whatsoever". On one occasion, nonetheless, one of his poems somehow came to be used in a GCSE examination. Mitchell agreed, on reflection, to let it go—provided he himself was allowed to sit the exam in question anonymously. He failed."