Three poems by Richard O’Brien

Today’s poetry exclusive comes to you courtesy of Richard O’Brien who is presently the Birmingham city poet laureate. He is a widely published poet as well as a writer for children and for the theatre, holding a PhD from the University of Birmingham on the influence of Shakespeare on modern drama. His website can be found here. Richard’s first poem needs no introduction, other than it being very apposite to these times! The two poems that follow ‘The Doctor’s Printer’ come from a new sequence called The Dolphin House about which Richard writes: ‘In 1965, a bottlenose dolphin christened Peter was the subject of a scientific experiment under the supervision of Dr John Lilly. For six weeks, he lived in a flooded apartment in the Virgin Islands with a woman named Margaret Howe, who was tasked with teaching him human language. Needless to say, this was not successful.’

 

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