Alan Brownjohn

Consolations of Age

Last Poems

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I wonder whether readers of The Oldie who are not addicts of new verse realised the distinction of the late James Michie, whose latest poem appeared in their magazine every month over the eight years from 1999 until his death in October 2007. As editor Richard Ingrams makes clear in his brief Foreword to Last Poems, no one else was invited or allowed to submit poems to the magazine. Michie, who had for a time been Literary Editor, was the deserving permanent fixture because his poems were ‘quite short … perfectly intelligible … sharp and witty’.

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