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!
And they came,
And he pushed,
And they flew.

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."


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

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

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

    3. This is my basketball teams poem!

  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

    1. Possibly want to re-read?
      The poem is correctly attributed to Guillaume Apollinaire (26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918)
      Christopher Logue simply "adapted" it by stripping out the "he said"s and "they responded"s as a motivational political poster.

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