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I Wish ... by Nicholas Garland
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Nicholas Garland writes: "There are many snatches of songs and lines of poetry which lodge in your memory, and that you find running through your head when you're not thinking of anything much. They are companionable, like old friends. I don't remember how I learned a couple of the verses included here; probably I picked them up at school. A year or so ago, I looked them up on the internet and found that they, and two other verses like them, had been included in "The Poet's Tongue", an anthology edited by W.H. Auden and John Garrett. They were not exactly as I remembered them, but perhaps, like folk songs, they never have existed in a fixed version. Auden and Garrett do not say anything about their origin, but at the end of the four verses add the words "and so ad infinitum ..." I wrote down and illustrated the two I remembered, and began inventing the rest."

Author Biography

Nicholas Garland was born in London in 1935. He moved with his family to New Zealand in 1947 and lived there until 1954, when he returned to London to attend the Slade School of Art. For some years he worked as a stage manager and theatre director. Then, in 1966, he joined the Daily Telegraph as their first political cartoonist. He moved to The Independent in 1984, but in 1991 rejoined the Telegraph, where he remains to this day. As well as being a cartoonist, Garland is an accomplished painter and woodcut artist, whose work has been exhibited widely. He has also illustrated a number of a books, most recently The Coma, by his son, the novelist Alex Garland.
Release date NZ
June 6th, 2008
Illustrated by Nicholas Garland
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
First, limited unsigned ed
18 monochrome woodcuts
The Waywiser Press
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