MS 'Unspun socks from a chicken's laundry'

Scope and Content

MS draft of the poem collection ‘Unspun socks from a chicken’s laundry’, with TS contents pages, one TS poem, and interleaved drawings related to the poems (some on the same leaves as the poems themselves). All leaves loose, apart from the two leaves of contents, stapled and four small illustrations of different characters from the poems clipped together between leaves of other drawings. Some MS annotations to make corrections and alterations to the poems and titles to the pictures. MS foliation in the top right hand corner of the leaves, with evidence of alterations to this. Many poems dated, with dates ranging from 1970 to 1980. Many also labelled with the place of composition, which include the ‘Sheraton Hilton | Hong Kong’, Melbourne, ‘Hobart. Tasmania’, Bayswater, ‘Castle Cragg | Sydney’, Ealing, ‘Monkenhurst’, ‘over N. Canada’, ‘Perth, WA’, London, Brisbane, ‘on way back from Natural History Museum’, ‘Charlton. | Surrey’, ‘Auckland. N.Z.’, Australia, and ‘Hadley Wood’. Milligan’s daughters, Jane, Laura and Silé, are referred to after some of the poems as having had an input in their composition.

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