Mary Killen Mary Killen

Dear Mary | 12 April 2008

Lucy Vickery presents the latest competition

In Competition No. 2539 you were invited to submit a problem in verse form to The Spectator’s agony aunt in the style of a poet of your choice.

The assignment was inspired by James Michie’s poem ‘Dear Mary’, which appears in his superb posthumously published collection Last Poems and which brims with wit and humanity, as did the man himself.

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