"Fourteen Poems" by Doris Lessing (1919-2013)

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"Fourteen Poems" by Doris Lessing (1919-2013)


Doris Lessing published one poetry pamphlet "Fourteen Poems" (Scorpion Press, 1959). A small collection of poems "The Wolf People" was anthologised in "The Inpopa Anthology" (2002)


Doris Lessing, in full Doris May Lessing, original name Doris May Tayler, (born October 22, 1919, Kermānshāh, Persia [now Iran]—died November 17, 2013, London, England), British writer whose novels and short stories are largely concerned with people involved in the social and political upheavals of the 20th century. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. 

(Source: Doris Lessing | British writer | Britannica)

Fourteen Poems by Doris Lessing, The Scorpion Press, Limited Print edition of "Fourteen Poems", published 1959. (Northwood, London)

Table Of Contents 

  1. Under a Low Cold Sky
  2. Older Woman to Younger Man (1)
  3. Older Woman to Younger Man (2)
  4. Plea for the Hated Dead Woman
  5. Bars
  6. Dark Girl’s Song
  7. New Man
  8. Night-Talk
  9. Song
  10. Exiled
  11. Oh Cherry Trees you are too white for my heart’
  12. Fable
  13. In Time of Dryness
  14. Jealousy

The Scorpion Press archive is housed at the McFarlin Library, Special Collections, University Of Tulsa.

Two poems "Fable" and "O Cherry Trees You Are Too White For My Heart" from "Fourteen Poems" are reproduced on Poethead with the permission of Jonathan Clowes Ltd, London, on behalf of Doris Lessing.

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Doris May Lessing (1919-2013)


The Scorpion Press, the Limited Print edition of "Fourteen Poems", published 1959. (Northwood, London)

The Scorpion Press was a small publisher, situated in Northwood, London, active at least as early as 1959. They published a number of titles including the first three collections of Peter Porter. They ceased operations in the early 1970s. (Source: Wiki)

Online URL: https://www.encyclo.co.uk/meaning-of-Scorpion_Press 
Online URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorpion_Press

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Online URL: https://poethead.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/doris-lessings-poems/


1959, 2011


Doris May Lessing (1919-2013)


"Oh Cherry Trees You Are Too White For My Heart" and "Fable", two Poems 1959 © Doris Lessing, are reprinted by kind permission of Jonathan Clowes Ltd., London, on behalf of Doris Lessing.


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