George Gissing : ( Wakefield’s Unknown Writer )

You saw them

through the lens

of your conscience;

you saw their


and misdemeanours;

the prism of your words

broke down their substance

and their reputations,

leaving them mere shadows;

in their turn

they buried your name

and forgot it;

You see them

even now,

through the lens

of your conscience.

(“performed”by the author the Cathedral Poet-in-Residence, on the occasion of the launch of the Gissing Exhibition@Wakefield Cathedral,23 June 2004)

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