Christopher Logue

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Christopher Logue, CBE (born 23 November 1926 in Portsmouth, Hampshire) is an English poet associated with the British Poetry Revival. He has also written for the theatre and cinema as well as acting in a number of films. His two screenplays are Savage Messiah and The End of Arthur's Marriage. He was also a long-term contributor to Private Eye magazine, as well as writing for the Merlin literary journal of Alexander Trocchi. He won the 2005 Whitbread Poetry Award for his collection Cold Calls.

His major poetical work is an ongoing project to render Homer's Iliad into a modernist idiom. This work is published in a number of small books, usually equating to two or three books of the original text. (The volume entitled Homer: War Music was shortlisted for the 2002 International Griffin Poetry Prize.) He has also published an autobiography called Prince Charming (1999).

His lines tend to be short, pithy and frequently political, as in his Song of Autobiography:

I, Christopher Logue, was baptized the year
Many thousands of Englishmen,
Fists clenched, their bellies empty,
Walked day and night on the capital city.

The back matter in Homer's Cold Calls also mentions "a pornographic novel" without further comment. Logue later revealed in Who's Who that he had written several books under the name of Count Palmiro Vicarion, for the notorious publisher Maurice Girodias.

  • Essay on Logue's Homer
  • Bibliography from the USC College of Liberal Arts
  • Profile in The Independent (UK)
  • Griffin Poetry Prize biography, including audio clip
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