Finished copies of Kevin Eldon’s short biography of his cousin, the poet Paul Hamilton, are just in (due for publication on 7th August).
My Prefect Cousin charts the rollercoaster ride of a life dedicated to verse: the emotional highs, the plumbed depths. It also contains for the very first time on the printed page, Shadows of Reflections, the collection of poems Hamilton spent years trying to place. Here is a sneak preview of one of these poems - The Not So Great Dictator.
The Not So Great Dictator
Mao! Mao! Where are you now, Mao?
Cat got your tongue?
Chairman, you weren’t a fair man.
You turned communism into conyouism
And now your Little Red Book is a little-read book.
As the people did cower the poisonous shower
from the cloud of your power killed liberty’s flower.