Sunset over Falmer Campus

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Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.

One Response to “Sunset over Falmer Campus”

  1. Peter (if I may be so familiar),

    Thank you for posting this, as well as the other Houseman poems in particular, several of which were new to me. I was led to your blog when searching for the full poem from which “The remorseful day” is quoted, not during the last episode of Inspector Morse, but by his younger self, Endeavour, during the last episode of that series’ second season, which recently became available for viewing in the States.

    The discovery of your blog has proved to be a delight, as I have browsed your postings — the rich gifts, to anyone who cares to pay attention, of your eclectic mind. I share many of your interests, especially in literature, music, movies, and television. I have also found that your comments on topics which occupy little of my attention, such as astronomy or crosswords, are both instructive and fun to read.

    As a representative of the G in LGBT, I’ve been encouraged to discover how openly you have been able to lead your life. I’m from an earlier generation of gay men who grew up in the sixties and fought hard, not always successfully, to shake off the constraints that tortured so many of the generation that preceded ours. I turned twenty-one four months prior to the Stonewall riots. I knew personally a couple of people who were in the street that morning, both of them cross-dressing men. Like your “guardian angel” at the Courtyard, neither one of these girls was a tiny, shrinking violet.

    Drag queens were “out and proud” long before that phrase became the touchstone of a social movement. They were automatically “out” by virtue of their high-profile gender-bending attire, and they were proud to be FABULOUS! When we heard in D.C. that drag queens had started the Stonewall riot neither I nor my friends found that information even slightly surprising.

    Thank you so much for your blog. I will continue to visit it regularly, knowing that what you have to say will always be interesting, or entertaining, or enlightening — and often all three.

    Cheers,

    — Bill Neyman

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