Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Apocryphal Past

I am very much enjoying leafing through Peter Rose's new collection Crimson Crop.

The poem 'Green Park' carries the dedictation 'for Peter Porter' and ends with the resonant line

Silent we follow the apocryphal past

A seemingly Porteresque line, and 'apocryphal' feels like a Porteresque word, but I can't actually think of a single instance where Porter uses it (blog comments on this point greatly appreciated!). And if this is the case it raises an interesting question about what I am thinking when I think it is the sort of word he would have used.

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