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E. A. Markham

E. A. Markham

Edward Archibald Markham was born in Montserrat in the West Indies, the youngest of four children. In 1956, he moved to England with his family, who neglected to send Markham to school for two years, having him work instead. He eventually studied

A History Without Suffering 
by E. A. Markham

In this poem there is no suffering.
It spans hundreds of years and records
no deaths, connecting when it can,
those moments where people are healthy
 
and happy, content to be alive. A Chapter,
maybe a Volume, shorn of violence
consists of an adult reading aimlessly.