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Basil Bunting

Basil Bunting was one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century. I had the absolute pleasure as a young art student (and lover of poetry) of hearing Basil read his poetic masterpiece Briggflatts in a small pub in Northumberland (UK) in 1979. I drove up to a small village in Northumberland from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear in my first car; a Morris 1100, which I had bought the week before for fifty pounds. On the way back to Sunderland after the reading, the car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Actually, it was not far from Hexham, although I didn’t know that at the time. I lay on the back seat of the car in the dark trying to sleep unsuccessfully until morning. It was freezing cold. The win

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