The Prison Cell, Peter Reading, 1976
Publisher: Secker & Warburg
Reading has said, “In spite of the fact that the poems are about love, I trust that I have been sensible, throughout the volume, of Auden’s cautionary words, inasmuch as I have earnestly endeavoured to avoid the difficulties which attend this somewhat thorny topic. What is said in a poem is not necessarily journalistically accurate, though it aims, of course, at being the truth. Lying about people and events, then, can be a most useful poetic device though it enrages and estranges acquaintances by the dozen.”
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You may learn more about Peter Reading on the Lannan website.
I would like to thank Lannan Foundation for doing so much to help Peter Reading during his lifetime.
Moreover, for archiving his work and making it available to the public since he passed away exactly two years ago.
A truly wonderful and hugely talented poet who could genuinely ‘see’ life as it was; raw and in the flesh.
Thank you for allowing me the chance to hear him recite once more.