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Lyr Req: Mass for a Fallen International Brigader

GeoffLawes 16 Nov 09 - 09:10 AM
Sandra in Sydney 16 Nov 09 - 10:18 AM
GeoffLawes 16 Nov 09 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,brezhnev 25 Nov 09 - 12:17 PM
GeoffLawes 12 Dec 09 - 01:11 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Brigade
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 09:10 AM

Could someone please let me have the words to the poem by Australian poet Jack Lindsay, 'Requiem Mass for a Fallen International Brigader'
In another Mudcat thread requesting lyrics for ' Jack Atky and All' about Jack Atkinson,a Hull man who died in the Battle of Jarama, brezhynsky says that Jack Atkinson is mentioned in the Lindsay poem.I would appreciate it if someone could post up the words to the poem for me.And so too, I think,would Jack Atkinson's relatives who don't yet know about this poem.

Regards, Geoff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Briga
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 10:18 AM

it's on p.193 of The Cambridge Companion to War Writing, edited by Kate McLoughlin, published Aug 2009.
Hardback ISBN-13: 9780521895682.
Paperback ISBN-13: 9780521720045

The book is only held by 2 Australian libraries - Uni NSW & Sydney Uni.

Libraries Australia , the union catalogue of holdings of all Australian libraries gives 1081 references for "Jack Lindsay" & no references to 'Requiem Mass for a Fallen International Brigader'

Wikipedia on Jack Lindsay (eldest son of Norman Lindsay)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Brigade
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 11:43 AM

Thank you Sandra. The Wikipedia entry to which you gave us the link was interesting because it gives a geographical link, though not a chronlogical link between Jack Lindsay, the writer of the poem and Jack Atkinson the man referred to in the poem. Lindsay was born and raised in Brisbane, leaving in 1926 while Jack Atkinson went there from Hull, UK, as a 14 year old in about 1929. I guess that it was this connection which, for Lindsay, picked Jack Atkinson out from the 130 or so other British Battalion men killed at Jarama. If anyone knows more about this it would be great to find out. If anyone has The Cambridge Companion to War Writing, edited by Kate McLoughlin, I would be very pleased if you could post the poem up here.

Regards, Geoff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Brigade
From: GUEST,brezhnev
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 12:17 PM

Geoff, here´s the stanza about Jack Atkinson from the Requiem. Do you want me to scan the rest of the poem for you?

Where now is he that came early to fighting?
In Sydney, while gulls screamed around Pinchgut he learned
resisting evictions, that the people were all evicted
from the world of their making and stamped into hovels of hardship.
He came back, a stowaway, to Edinburgh ?
but cried: 'I stand in the open bows of purpose
journeying to Spain where the people claim their birthright.'
Where is Jack Atkinson of Hull?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: OZ poet Jack Lindsay: Mass4 Int Brigade
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 12 Dec 09 - 01:11 PM

Hi brezhnev, I have only just found your last post in the archive. Thank you very much I would really appreciate it if you could scan the whole poem in for me. If I interpret the poem correctly it confirms that Jack Atkinson was involved in eviction resistance in Sydney - but the information that he returned to Britain as a stowaway to Edinburgh is completely new. Thank you so much.

Geoff


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