Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 2 November 1944

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers, Letter I, poem "Normandy 1944 June"

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
2 November 1944
Place: London
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001607-5
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

Normandy 1944 June
Fortifications
Pock marked
Concrete erections
with steel veins
Squat.
On green cliffs
headless mouths
Scorched tongues
Spewers of Hate
Facing Seaward
Hazy blue heat.
Wheat cropped
In disorder.
Mad pattern of eruptions
Upturned earth
Unfurrowed
Bowls of clay
Tangerine Clods
Sprouting blue
Metal
Complemented rust
A Flower
Sweet and yellow
To the fly, hovering
seeking nectar
Pretty weed
Isolated Splendour
Lonely perfume
Oblivious to the stench
of blood blotched earth.
Crystal splashes
vivid wine
Inhuman
As the hairy scalp
shrivelling audibly
In speech
of He who lived a lie
Defeated, unconverted.
In death
Sown in the same soil
concealing his beasts
of mechanism
Still alive
Tense
Awaiting
Urging to destroy.