COPE, WENDY (b. 1945)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF TWO POEMS, both signed ('Wendy Cope'), 3 pages, folio, not dated
(i) 'A POLICEMAN'S LOT', 33 lines, starting with a quotation from Ted Hughes, 'The progress of any writer is marked by those moments when he manages to outwit his own inner police system', 2 pages, folio, not dated
Oh, once I was a policeman young and merry
(young and merry),
Controlling crowds and fighting petty crime
But now I work on matters literary
And they've assigned me a prolific blighter
(life blighter) -
I'm patrolling the unconscious of Ted Hughes...
This is one of Wendy Cope's best-known poems and has been widely published.
(ii) 'STRUGNELL'S HAIKU', 9 lines, beginning 'The cherry blossom / In my neighbour's garden -- oh! / It looks really nice...', 1 page, folio, not dated
'Strugnell's Haiku' is published in Selected Poems, 2008.
No manuscripts by Wendy Cope have been sold at auction; her archive is in the British Library.