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All Day Permanent Red - an extract

Christopher Logue


All Day Permanent Red - an extract

Christopher Logue


Poem introduction

I began writing what has come to be called War Music in 1959. In the decades that followed, me often not looking at the work for two or three years at a time, I added Pax, GBH, Kings and The Husbands moving about inside translations of The Iliad on which War Music is based. All Day Permanent Red which, narratively speaking follows The Husbands, was written between 2000 and 2002 and is the first part of a section which will lead to Hector's victory over Greece and the attempt by the Greek heroes to persuade Achilles to re-enter the fighting.

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