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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Mersey Sound

If you watched Sunday's South Bank Show on ITV you won't need reminding that this week is also the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Britain's best-selling, and arguably most influential, anthology of poetry: The Mersey Sound (aka Penguin Modern Poets 10) by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. Sure, the beats were great, but these guys were our domestic product, and they rocked. Hilary and I managed to see themn in the Festival Fringe a few years ago (oh God, I just checked and it must be 22 years ago in fact) when they were promoting the follow-up anthology New Volume, a signed copy of which now graces our bookshelf.

Here in commemoration are my favourites from the first anthology by Henri, McGough and last but probably best-loved, Patten.

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