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Christopher Logue

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Christopher Logue

Christopher Logue was born in Hampshire, England, on November 23, 1926.

He is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Husbands: An Account of Books 3 and 4 of Homer's Iliad (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995), Kings: An Account of Books 1 and 2 of Homer's Iliad (1991), and War Music (1987).

He is also a playwright and has written screenplays for, as well as acted in, a number of films. Christopher Logue died on December 2, 2011, at the age of 85.

by this poet

To welcome Hector to his death
God sent a rolling thunderclap across the sky
The city and the sea
      And momentarily—
The breezes playing with the sunlit dust—
On either slope a silence fell.

   Think of a raked sky-wide Venetian blind.
   Add the receding traction of its slats
   Of its slats of its slats
An account of books 16-19 of the Iliad by Homer. 

  Down on your knees, Achilles.  Farther down.
Now forward on your hands and put your face into the dirt,
And scrub it to and fro.
  Grief has you by the hair with one
And with the forceps of its other hand
Uses your mouth to trowel the dogshit up