COPE, WENDY (b. 1945)
Lot 105
COPE, WENDY (b. 1945) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF TWO POEMS, both signed
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,366) inc. premium

Lot Details
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
(petty crime),
But now I work on matters literary
(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.
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