T. E. Hulme

“T. E. Hulme: The First Modern Poet?” muses The Huffington Post today. Hulme was from Endon, his father was a farmer who later worked in the pottery industry in Stoke, and he went to Newcastle-under-Lyme High School 1894-1902. He died in action in the First World War.

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In the year of the 1914-2014 First World War commemorations, I’m wondering if perhaps there’s some funding around to collect an open access online collection of his “War Notes” (written under the pen name “North Staffs”), together with his war poetry and any local North Staffs related poems there might be extant. There is also apparently “a memorial window to him in Endon church”, which might provide an attractive front page image. His papers are held at Keele.


A CITY SUNSET (1908, on the back of a hotel bill)

Alluring, Earth seducing, with high conceits
is the sunset that reigns
at the end of westward streets….
A sudden flaring sky
troubling strangely the passer by
with visions, alien to long streets, of Cytherea
or the smooth flesh of Lady Castlemaine….
A frolic of crimson
is the spreading glory of the sky,
heaven’s jocund maid
flaunting a trailed red robe
along the fretted city roofs
about the time of homeward going crowds
—a vain maid, lingering, loth to go….

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