Raymond Chandler as Poet

January 19, 2010

At the Bodleian Library in Oxford, there is currently a small exhibition devoted to the thriller writer Raymond Chandler. As well as manuscripts, memorabilia,  books, and stills from the films based on his novels, the display includes three poems (possibly his complete poetical works). I liked ‘Song at Parting’:

He left her lying in the nude
That sultry night in May.
The neighbours thought it rather rude.
He liked her best that way.

He left a rose beside her head,
A meat-axe in her brain.
A note upon the bureau read:
‘I won’t be back again.’

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