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[[File:John-betjeman.png | 200px | right | thumb |Sir John Betjeman]]
His poem: "Slough" contains the phrase:
"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough..."
His self-voiced poem: "A Child Ill" was used as an entrance clip for concerts in 2002 & 2007-8.
This track was picked by Morrissey for the NME's compilation CD [https://www.morrissey-solo.com/wiki/Songs_To_Save_Your_Life Songs To Save Your Life] (June 19, 2004).<br>
In 2012, Morrissey responded to a question published in "Radionica" (Columbia, 2012) with:
Q: Literary influences are well known in your work. British classical poets are cited in your first stage. Today, do you think you still have those influences? If so, what are the authors you read the most today?
A: There are no modern poets. Poetry published in Britain is a joke. John Betjeman was our last great poet. He was magnificent. I think that poetry, in any case, is a personal taste. For too long, pop singers took references from poetry. But that is dead. If you can find something in the current pop, inspiring, you are either crazy or very lucky.
Translation courtesy of member "Somehow still alive".
[[Category:Influences on Morrissey - Literature]]
[[Category:Songs used in pre-show]]
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