Friday, April 2, 2010

Come to the Edge - Christopher Logue

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It's too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
And they came,
And he pushed,
And they flew.


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Christopher Logue (b.1926) is a poet, playwright and screen writer. He is an early pioneer of jazz poetry and political poetry. He has produced a series of poster poems for the British Labour Party among other causes. Come to the Edge is an example of a poster poem. It was written for an Institute of Contemporary Art exhibition of the work of Guillaume Apollinaire. Logue explains, "The poem was written in - I think - 1968. Michael Kustow curated and exhibition of Apollinaire's work at the ICA and asked for a poem to go on a poster to advertise the show. I cannot say that the poem was the result of my reading Apollinaire, more by the idea of the man, his life, as much as his poetry. A daring figure."

13 comments:

  1. I heard this poem on Radio 4 on Saturday and it moved me so much that it is now on my classroom wall.

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    1. Ditto, I'm using it for a positivity themed form session.

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    2. I love this poem it really speaks to you!

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  2. So happy to know the actual author of this poem, often incorrectly attributed to Apollinaire. Thanks for the history and explanation to go along with this beautiful work!
    Cheers, Dolly

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