John Wain on “Amours de Voyage” By A.H. Clough.
A Song About Major Eatherley
Sound file here of John Wain reading his poem ‘A Song About Major Eatherley’. This is an old and crackly recording made in about 1958, but a great reading of one of John Wain’s, and indeed the era’s, most powerful poems. For more about the poem and the full version in print, see here. Right, Richard Avedon’s photograph of Claude Eatherley, who was the pilot of a Reconnaissance plane for the flight of US aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
The writer was interviewed at length in his wife Eirian’s cottage in North Wales by David Gerard, lecturer at University of Wales Aberystwyth and later on JW’s bibliographer. Covers a wide range of topics including the Angry Young Men so-called, and much else. Thanks to Heather Drake of Drake Education for her invaluable help in unearthing this rare archive recording.