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Death in the Suburbs

Adrian Henri


Death in the Suburbs

Adrian Henri


Poem introduction

A couple of years ago I found myself unavoidably detained for a whole morning and part of an afternoon in a place called Orpington. If you don't know Orpington if you think of somewhere like Crosby, or Oxten or Wallasey and multiply it by ten you get somewhere near Orpington. I had to spend a whole morning there - it was early spring, it was very beautiful - the gardens were flowering and I suddenly had this kind of little nagging thought that I couldn't quite...and I wrote lots of things in my little notebook and went away and then a few months later I realised what the thought was which was if the world was ever going to end it would start ending in Orpington. So this begins with a little bit of my version of Mother Shipton's Prophecy. This is called 'Death in the Suburbs'.

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