I suppose only Roger Collett is interested but there is a 9-page
interview with Dan Jacobson in today's LRB. Ian Hamilton's
father seems to have been a Scottish engineer, not a sea-captain,
who died young leaving the Scottish mother to bring up her brood.
I doubt she lived off Woodlands Road but that was a story I was
spun years ago. And Ian Hamilton wasnt really from Darlington.
I should tell Roger that I was born at 107 Eastbourne Road
which is just the other side of Bank Top Station from Victoria
Road. I went looking for it a few years ago but it seems to
have been knocked down for an OLd Peoples Home.
But coming back to the Dan Jacobson interview. It is a fine
send-off but weakest on Hamilton's own poetry, which in its
quiet way is thoroughly effective. The words left him very early.
And do I have to write a biographical note? It seems that I
have been doing that in my poetry for thirty years and now I
too have given up. Perhaps I should resurrect an old poem
and post it.
Douglas Clark, Bath, England mailto: [log in to unmask]
Lynx: Poetry from Bath .......... http://www.bath.ac.uk/~exxdgdc/lynx.html