Dannie Abse is a doctor as well as a poet and novelist. He has written three novels, including Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve and There Was a Young Man from Cardiff. He is the author of ten volumes of poetry, the most recent being Remembrance of Crimes Past (1990), his collected poems White Coat, Purple Coat appeared in 1989 and in the same year he edited The Hutchinson Book of Post-War British Poets. This poem is from Selected Poems (Penguin, pounds 6.99). Dannie Abse will be reading at The Hay Festival on Saturday 28 May at 10.10am (Box Office 0497 821299).
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