Typescript Poems

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts of individual poems. Most are by John Heath-Stubbs, but some do not appear in his Collected Poems and cannot be definitely attributed to him. See also JHS/2/1 and JHS/2/2 for manuscript copies of some of these poems

This bundle consists of the following poems:

  • /1 'Advertisement Corner'
  • /2 'An Awning of Cashmir Silk'
  • /3 'Apologia of a Plastic Gnome', annotated
  • /4 Two copies of 'At Bonchurch' (For Maurice Carpenter), one annotated, one corrected
  • /5 Two copies of 'The Beast'. The title of this poem has been changed from 'Hunger'
  • /6 Two copies of 'Bethlehem', one annotated, the other corrected
  • /7 'Bevis of Hampton' (For Norman Nicholson)
  • /8 'Birthday Poem at Very Short Notice' signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /9 'Birthday Poem for Kathleen Raine' signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /10 'The Blackbird'
  • /11 'The Blackcap'
  • /12 'The Blameless Aethiopians'
  • /13 'Blue Birds Over Hull', annotated
  • /14 'A Butterfly in October', annotated
  • /15 'Cabbage White (for Audrey Nicholson)'
  • /16 'Camille Saint-Saens', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /17 'Christus Natus Est', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /18 'Cockroaches, or Kismet'
  • /19 'The Corira'
  • /20 'The Cormorant'
  • /21 'The Corn Bunting'
  • /22 'Couperin at the Keyboard', annotated
  • /23 'Crab Louse'
  • /24 'A Crow in Bayswater', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /25 Two copies of 'The Cuckoo', one annotated, one corrected
  • /26 Two copies of 'The Death of Llew', one signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /27 Three copies of 'A Double Dream', with annotations and corrections
  • /28 'The Eagles'
  • /29 'An Extinct Volcano', annotated
  • /30 'A Few Strokes on the Sand'
  • /31 'Footnote to Belloc's Tarantella'
  • /32 'For a Cough'
  • /33 'For a Platonist on her Birthday'
  • /34 'For George Barker at Seventy'
  • /35 Two copies of 'For the Exequies of Bertrand Russell'
  • /36 'For the Funeral of Sylvia Gough'
  • /37 'For Vernon Watkins 1906-1967'
  • /38 'A Formality'
  • /39 'Fort-in-the-Pool'
  • /40 Four copies of 'From an Ecclesiastical Chronicle', three annotated, one corrected
  • /41 'Funeral Music for Charles Wrey Gardiner', annotated
  • /42 'Further Adventures of Doctor Faustus', annotated
  • /43 'A Ghazel of Hafiz'
  • /44 'The Giant'
  • /45 'Girls of Alexandria', annotated
  • /46 'Golgotha'
  • /47 'Great Black-Backed Gulls'
  • /48 Two copies of 'The Great Bustard', one annotated, one corrected
  • /49 'The Great Tit'
  • /50 'The Green Man's Last Will and Testament; An Eclogue: For Adrian Flick', annotated
  • /51 'The Green Man's Return'
  • /52 Two copies of 'The Green Woodpecker'
  • /53 'His Excellency's Poetry', annotated
  • /54 'Homage to J.S. Bach', annotated
  • /55 'Honey and Lead'
  • /56 'The Hoopoe'
  • /57 Two copies of 'Hornbills in Northern Nigeria (to Hilary Fry)', annotated, dated 1964 and 1965
  • /58 'The House Sparrow'
  • /59 'I am asked to say a few words about my own work'
  • /60 'The Immolation of Aleph'
  • /61 Two copies of 'In Memory of Father Geoffrey Curtis CR'
  • /62 'In Praise of John Milton', annotated
  • /63 Two copies of 'In Return for the Gift of a Pomander', both annotated, one marked "To Cathy Titner"
  • /64 'In the Sabine Hills'
  • /65 'Jankynmass (For Charles Causley)'
  • /66 'The Kestrel'
  • /67 'King Alfred the Bruce'
  • /68 Three copies of 'King Bladud', two annotated, one corrected
  • /69 Two copies of 'The Kingfisher', one annotated, one corrected
  • /70 'Lines on Beech Trees'
  • /71 'Letter to David Wright (On his Sixtieth Birthday)'
  • /72 'Letter to Peter Avery', annotated
  • /73 'Madame Blavatsky in Oxford'
  • /74 Two copies of 'The Magpie'
  • /75 Four copies of 'Medea and Absyrtus', with annotations and corrections
  • /76 'The Missel-Thrush'
  • /77 Poem titled 'After Sappho'. This poem was published under the title 'Moonset (After Sappho)'
  • /78 Two copies of 'The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage', one annotated with a handwritten draft attached, the other corrected
  • /79 Two copies of 'The Mute Swan', one annotated, one corrected
  • /80 'Nature Red in Tooth and Claw', with handwritten note on reverse
  • /81 'The Nightjar'
  • /82 'Nixon, the Cheshire Prophet (for Bernard Saint)'
  • /83 'Notes Towards a Palinode' (for Sean Hutton)
  • /84 'The Nuthatch'
  • /85 Two copies of 'Old Mobb', one annotated, one corrected
  • /86 'On the Tomb of Orpheus', annotated
  • /87 Two copies of 'The Oystercatcher', one annotated, one corrected
  • /88 'Pentecost 1975'
  • /89 'The Pheasant'
  • /90 'Prescribed Author', annotated
  • /91 Three copies of 'Purkis', annotated, one signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /92 Two copies of 'Queen Gruach (for John Wain)', annotated
  • /93 'The Ravens'
  • /94 'The Reed Warbler'
  • /95 'The Robin'
  • /96 'St Cuthbert and the Otter (for Gerard Irvine)'
  • /97 Two copies of 'St Francis Preaches to the Computers (for Arthur and Mary Creedy)'
  • /98 Two copies of 'St Michael and the Dragon', annotated, signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /99 'The Septmaine', annotated
  • /100 'Sestina', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /101 Two copies of 'The Sheldrake', one annotated
  • /102 'Simcox'
  • /103 'Skeltonics for St Cecilia's Day'
  • /104 Two copies of 'The Skylark'
  • /105 'Souvenir of St Petersburg'
  • /106 'The Spotted Flycatcher'
  • /107 'Squirling', annotated
  • /108 'The Stag Beetles'
  • /109 'The Stonechat'
  • /110 'The Storm Petrel'
  • /111 'The Swallow'
  • /112 'The Swift'
  • /113 Translation of Mikhail Lermontov's 'Tamara', annotated
  • /114 'The Tawny Owl'
  • /115 'Theseus and the Minotaur'
  • /116 'To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence', annotated
  • /117 'To George Barker on his Sixtieth Birthday', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /118 'To Inhibit the Breeding of Maggots in Cheese'
  • /119 'To Keep Away Moles (for Elspeth Barker)'
  • /120 'To the Exterminator', signed John Heath-Stubbs
  • /121 'To the Queen; On the occasion of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee, 1977'
  • /122 'To Whom it May Concern (FC, on his 65th birthday)'
  • /123 'The Tree-Creeper'
  • /124 'A Triolet for Easter'
  • /125 'The Turtle Dove'
  • /126 'Two Poems for the Epiphany', annotated
  • /127 Three copies of 'The Watchman's Flute (Kano)', annotated
  • /128 'The Waterhen'
  • /129 Two copies of 'The Whooper Swan', annotated
  • /130 'The Wild Geese'
  • /131 'The Woodcock'
  • /132 'Woodstock', annotated
  • /133 'The Wren'
  • /134 'The Yellowhammer'

This bundle also includes a number of fragments or incomplete typescript copies of poems, with first lines as follows:

  • /135 "The hero said: 'Open your mouth,'..."
  • /136 "He wept, and all those present wept..."
  • /137 "They surrendered their freedom to the first sovereign..."
  • /138 "The Otter: 'Master, I do not know'..."
  • /139 "The turnstone and the oystercatcher / Don't love Mrs Thatcher..."
  • /140 "Though Master Johnson writes fine verses for them..."
  • /141 "The spiders were burnt to clinkers"
  • /142 "With its checks and balances, it might chance to bear up..."
  • /143 "They bear a dead mouse to its funeral..."
  • /144 "Lay your wrathful rage aside..."
  • /145 "The proud Theodora, the prop of his throne..."
  • /146 "Outside, the crass Bourbon oppression..."

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title of poem, with incomplete or unidentified typescripts at the end of the series.