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Resources:

Adrian Mitchell’s Books on Amazon.

Tell Me Lies: Poems 2005-2008
Blue Coffee: Poems, 1985-95
All Shook Up

Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell’s Wikipedia entry:
Adrian Mitchell FRSL (24 October 1932 to 20 December 2008) was an English poet, novelist and playwright. A former journalist, he became a noted figure on the British anti-authoritarian Left. For almost half a century he was the foremost poet of the country’s anti-Bomb movement. The critic Kenneth Tynan called him the British Mayakovsky.

Mitchell sought in his work to counteract the implications of his own assertion that, ‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.’

In a National Poetry Day poll in 2005 his poem ‘Human Beings’ was voted the one most people would like to see launched into space. In 2002 he was nominated, semi-seriously, Britain’s Shadow Poet Laureate. Mitchell was for some years poetry editor of the New Statesman, and was the first to publish an interview with The Beatles. His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company included Peter Brook’s US and the English version of Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade.

This film by Pamela Robertson-Pearce is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, ed. Neil Astley. See Bloodaxe Books – In Person

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