Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
John McAuliffeBill Manhire in Conversation with John McAuliffe
(PN Review 259)
Patricia CraigVal Warner: A Reminiscence
(PN Review 259)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Tim Parksin conversation with Natalia Ginzburg
(PN Review 49)
Next Issue Gwyneth Lewis ‘Spiderings’ Ian Thomson ‘Fires were started: Tallinn, 1944’ Adrian May ‘Traditionalism and Tradition’ Judith Herzberg ‘Poems’ translated by Margitt Helbert Horatio Morpurgo ‘What is a Book?’
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Reader Survey
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 138, Volume 27 Number 4, March - April 2001.

The Spirit of Lumley Hall Roger Garfitt

'Time was,' he remembers,
'it was all of a piece.

I dispensed Justice
to the miners of Madeley
as I might to the Masai
or the Solomon Islanders.

One dispensation
wherever the flag flew,
wherever there was a parade ground
and an Anglican church.

I remember the colliery band
on Empire Day, how the cornets
crew like cockerels. Sounds
ridiculous now. Small-town strutters.
Kings of the heap. But then
it was like a second sunrise.
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image