Trundling into work this morning on the Underground I didn’t bother with the newspaper, I didn’t worry about the election, instead I treated myself to some of A. S. J. Tessimond’s poems. I was prompted to do this by listening to Radio 4′s Lost Voices programme on Sunday. It was presented by Brian Patten who is a big Tessimond fan. He emailed me earlier this week with this great quote, ‘ Faber Finds are to be congratulated. It’s brilliant to find them bringing A. S. J. Tessimond’s selection Not Love Perhaps to light once more. A well-deserved resurrection of a fascinating poet.’
If a minor poet, one almost feels Tessimond is fast becoming everyone’s favourite minor poet. Do try him. There is not a dud in Not Love Perhaps: start with the title poem and carry on to the final poem Heaven, fifty two pages of joy. Thinking of my reading habitat this morning, I am not sure if any of his poems have been chosen for Poems for the Underground but they would be perfect for it.
For more information aboutTessimond, please read Tessimond: A Tribute by Andrew McCulloch. And by the way, The Lost Voices programme is repeated on Saturday 17th April at 11.30pm.