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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.
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