Rosemary Tonks

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Rosemary Tonks

Rosemary Tonks (17 October 192815 April 2014) is an English poet. She published her adult poetry from about 1960 to 1972 and subsequently disappeared.


  • Thinking we were safe-insanity!
    We went in to make love. All the same
    Idiots to trust the little hotel bedroom.
    Then in the gloom...
    ...And who does not know that pair of shutters
    With all the awkward hook on them
    All screeching whispers?
    • Story Of A Hotel Room
  • — All this sitting about in cafés to calm down
    Simply wears me out. And their idea of literature!
    The idiotic cut of the stanzas; the novels, full up, gross.

    I have lived it, and I know too much.
    My café nerves are breaking me
    With black, exhausting information.
    • The Sofas, Fogs and Cinemas

About Rosemary Tonks[edit]

  • Disappeared! What happened? Because I admire her poems, I've been trying to find out for years … according to some people she became a Sufi. Others say she entered a closed order. Others imagine her footloose and anonymous, travelling the wide world. In any event, no trace of her seems to survive - apart from the writing she left behind.
  • Andrew Motion, published in The Times, 30 October, 2004

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