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Munras, Pearl & Tyler | A Poem


Munras, Pearl & Tyler is a half-fictionalised commentary on the affair between the poets George Barker and Elizabeth Smart. Both writers published separate accounts of their relationship: on one side, an out-of-print novel The Dead Seagull and on the other a highly acclaimed novella, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept. This poem does not set out to reconcile these opposing voices but steps back from the tempestuous encounter and offers a chorus to it.

“…This is a story of silver not of betrayal,
but of surrender
, this is the story of coming second
of snaking coastal roads


that throw skin and loneliness
to the water
 and surf and spray and tangle
and three points, three points on a triangle…”

BBC World Service presenter Zina Rohan reads an extract

also in development as:

A film
A play
A song by Donna McKevitt