Today's poem is "Ancestors"
from Late Poems

Enitharmon Press

Anthony Thwaite was born in 1930. He spent his childhood in Yorkshire, the USA (1940-44) and Somerset. After national service in Libya he read English at Oxford. He then married and went to Japan for two years, where he taught English Literature at Tokyo University. Since then he has been a BBC radio producer, literary editor of the Listener and the New Statesman, co-editor of Encounter, and in 1986 was chairman of the Booker Prize judges. He is a literary executor of Philip Larkin and the editor of his Collected Poems. He is a regular reviewer for The Guardian and other journals. In 1990 he was made an OBE for services to poetry. In 2010 Enitharmon published a chapbook of Thwaite's Late Poems which marked the author's 80th birthday with a selection of previously uncollected poems.

Other poems by Anthony Thwaite in Verse Daily:
September 17, 2003:  "Wilderness" "First it was wilderness. Then it was cut down..."
August 1, 2003:  "To the Waterfall" "Walking again the track to the waterfall..."

Books by Anthony Thwaite:

Other poems on the web by Anthony Thwaite:
Four poems (with audio)
Eight poems

Anthony Thwaite according to Wikipedia.

About Late Poems:

"I think that of all the living poets whose work I know Anthony Thwaite speaks to me most strongly and intimately"
—Michael Frayn

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