Guest poem sent in by Steve Axbey , who writes: A bit late for your series on war poems, but topical nonetheless is the latest poem by Andrew Motion the Poet Laureate. (The United Kingdom's poet laureate I should say).
Here's some references, with some commentary http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2641477.stm#quote [broken link] http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,871251,00.html The role of Poet Laureate is an odd one, and I have been unable to Google out an official definition. However here's an interview with Andrew Motion who talks a bit about what he thinks the role is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/840752.stm The poem itself I find disappointing - I've thought about it a bit now, but I'm not at sure I know what he's really trying to say...or is that just me? But it must be anti-war, anyway - it says so in all the newspapers :-) Cheers Steve Axbey [Martin adds] Apparently Steve wasn't the only one disappointed - take a look at [broken link] http://groups.google.com/groups?threadm=3E20FAB8.C94A1B82%40arvig.net&rnum=1 My favourite quote: "Call me old-fashioned but I don't think you can extensively parody a poem without a guest turn from at least one dear gazelle." Amen, say I :)