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March 2002

Nomination: Continuing to Live [24 April 1954. From A Keepsake for the New Library]

I extracted this poem from Philip under duress for the Keepsake published at the opening of the new library at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where I was then Librarian. I also managed to persuade W H Auden, Edward Brathwaite, Omar Pound, Nathaniel Tarn and Thom Blackburn to contribute original poems for this pamphlet which was designed by Frances Duncan and published for me by John Duncan, then Managing Director of Mansell. So Philip was in good company, and the poem itself I always think is as good as anything else he wrote at the time of The Less Deceived.

Barry Cambray Bloomfield

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