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At the Grave of Asa Benveniste

Roy Fisher


At the Grave of Asa Benveniste

Roy Fisher


Poem introduction

'At the Grave of Asa Benveniste' - Asa Benveniste was a Jewish poet from New York who spent the last years of his life in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and when he died in the early 90s his widow, Agneta Falk, managed to fulfill his wish that he should be buried in Heptonstall churchyard and have a stone put on his grave. Heptonstall churchyard already has a poet's grave, much visited and sometimes defaced. And this poem is dedicated to Fleur Adcock who visited the grave with me and to Agneta Falk.

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