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Thread #60621   Message #2881334
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
07-Apr-10 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: Query re Alasdair Clayre
Subject: RE: Query re Alasdair Clayre
I've always understood it as being about Che. And looking at it again now it seems as certain as can be.

These lines from Guerrilla take on a poignant extra meaning in the light of the circumstances of Alisdair Clayre's death ("Yet, the day a book he had worked on for years was to be published the young Alasdair Clayre ended his life by jumping into the path of a train at an underground station in north London. According to close friends, he had been mortally fearful of what the reviewers may say about the book"):

Or here in the easy West,
Here he could have lived at least
Writing books in peace
Paid, well-fed, well dressed,
Where those who live by the word
Are afraid of the word.
And their bodies are constricted alive or dead
By the dread they won't be read, or won't
be fit to be read......