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John Greening

 

holly and yew
and rhododendron

do not like
the light

manners and
flippant quips

of the larch
and birch

we do not welcome
your double

meanings
they say, leaving

the oak to lean
towards his dark

singular justice
without a wise

crack and with his
hanging cap on

John Greening‘s┬ámost recent collection is To the War Poets (Carcanet). He is currently editing an edition of Edmund Blunden for Oxford University Press. He is a Fellow of the English Association, has received a Cholmondeley Award and is winner of the Bridport and the TLS Centenary prizes. He lives in Cambridgeshire, UK.