W S Graham’s ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’
May 6, 2010
I am getting on. My table now
Shuffles its papers out of reach
With last year’s letters going yellow
From looking out of the window.
‘Untidy Dreadful Table’, W S Graham
Today we were delighted to take delivery of the table of which Graham writes in the above poem. It is resident in the little retail corner of the SPL, for now adorned with Portraits of Poets (photographs by Christopher Barker, edited by Sebastian Barker, Carcanet, 1986) open at Graham’s page bearing the above poem. The table has been gifted to us by Sylvia Thompson, a close friend of W S Graham’s; we are very grateful to have it. It is delightful – robust, rectangular and quite low, pocked with cigarette burns. We are told it sat beside the window.