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Absence by Elizabeth Jennings

“You cannot fake anything if you are trying to write serious poetry.” – Elizabeth Jennings


Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) was born in Boston, Lincolnshire but moved to Oxford at the age of six where she lived for the rest of her life. She studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford and worked in advertising, at the City Library and briefly in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her consistent devotion to poetry yielded over twenty books during her life, a New Collected Poems appearing in 2002.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Jason McCrossan plays a poem in his Tranquil Time slot. This week’s poem was read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyFLower) and was called Absence by Elizabeth Jennings.