Book 4: Love and War

Book ‘4’ and the Vietnam War is in full flood and Armstrong is walking on the moon as the poet enrols on a whaling ship then heads for NY City where Huey P. Newton’s Black Panthers are emerging… back in the UK 25,000 protesters clash with police in Grosvenor Square.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos stand on the Olympic platform in 1968 at Mexico City and gve a clenched fist Black-power salute and Enoch Powell is talking about ‘grinning picaninnis’ and ‘rivers of blood’…

The poet, in love, joins the Communist Party and the campaign to free Nelson Mandela and another child is born as foot-and-mouth hits the UK... Marijuana and Dymiril (containing opium) are the drugs of choice…

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