HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS OF TWO 'CROW' POEMS [FRAGMENT OF ANCIENT TABLET] AND [NOTES FOR A LITTLE PLAY] AND [THERE CAME A DAY] FROM 'SEASONS SONGS' (2 drafts of the last) 27, 24 and 33 lines respectively, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered readings, 4 pages, quarto [c. 1968-1970]
'Fragment of Ancient Tablet' (12 lines in printed text) begins here:
Above, not down at the lips edge:
Below, beard between thighs.
Above, pretty eyes alive with precaution
Below, blind itch and the ticking
Of the bomb of the future...
'Notes for a Little Play' (22 lines in printed text) begins here:
First, the sun coming closer, and growing by the minute.
Next, clothes are torn off.
Without a goodbye,
Faces and eyes evaporate
Hands arms legs Feet Head & Neck
Chest & belly vanish
With all the rubbish of earth...
'There came a Day' (28 lines in the printed text) begins here:
There came a day that caught the summer
Wrung its neck
And ate it...
PROVENANCE: Ted Hughes