THE JESTER HENNETS
Poems by Edmond Leo Wright
The central persona in The Jester Hennets is a fool called Rex. He listens to remarks made by various people representative of many different strata of society, including, of course, the King, and makes ironic comment thereon. Sometimes he tells stories or propounds a riddle; sometimes he engages in argument. This series of poems exposes the two extremes of the political spectrum to a comic critique. Most of the poems fall into two groups, those attacking the Right and those attacking the Left, although not all can be so categorized.
Edmond Leo Wright is a philosopher as well as a poet. His philosophical work has been chiefly on ambiguity in relation to meaning, truth, and perception. His articles, such as ‘Illusion and Truth’ (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1979), he regards as a contribution towards what he likes to call An Essay Concerning Human Misunderstanding.
His first collection of poems, The Horwich Hennets, was published by Peterloo Poets in 1976 and attracted much critical attention:
’This book makes an excellent impression. The pleasures, pains and above all the oddities of childhood are accurately delineated.’
Roy Fuller, The Times Literary Supplement
’The form is a welcome change from the stiffness of the conventional sonnet, and the result is very enjoyable.’
Gavin Ewart, British Book News
’. . . strongly recommended.’
Julian Symons, The Sunday Times
’. . . quirky, honest and pleasant to read.’
Peter Porter, The Observer
’Edmond Leo Wright’s The Horwich Hennets is more than an excellent read; it is an excellent book of poems.’
Anne Stevenson, The Listener
Rex Sat Down At The Tavern Table
Rex sat down at the tavern table and took
out a large stone from his pouch, placing it
before him. He pretended to start to cook,
rolling it round, not-kneading it, not-chopping
it, not-smelling it, brows raised, not-sprinkling it
over with salt and pepper, and then dropping
it, secretly wiping it on his motley,
frowning at laughs, not-stirring it as it fried
on the not-hot not-gridiron; then he really
jumped and began to shake his finger and tried
to cool no-burn, but knocked down stone and no-fat.
Out went stone as he screamed, ‘I couldn’t eat that!’
THE JESTER HENNETS
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Cover illustration: King David With Fool from MS. Douce18, f.113. (Psalter. Book of Hours. Use of Sarum). By courtesy of the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Publication: WINTER 1980 (64 pages laminated paperback)