Poems from Spain

British and Irish International Brigaders on the Spanish Civil War

Editor: Jim Jump



ISBN: 9781905007394 Categories: ,

Format: Paperback

Publication date: July 1, 2006

Page extent: 160

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This is the first poetry anthology solely devoted to poems written by International Brigade volunteers.

This is the first poetry anthology solely devoted to poems written by International Brigade volunteers. Fully illustrated and with extensive notes, the collection conveys the idealism and anguish felt by the men and women who risked their lives to defend democracy against the rise of fascism in Europe.

Foreword – Jack Jones
Introduction: Brief history of British and Irish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

The poems
December 1936, Spain – Clive Branson
Alès – Miles Tomalin
Sunrise in the Pyrenees, May 1937 – Tony McLean
Salud! – Eric Edney
Full Moon at Tierz Before the Storming of Huesca – John Cornford
‘Like molten gold the sun on high’ – Frank Brooks
Beauty Is Found To Be Ugly – Thomas O’Brien
The International – Clive Branson
The Internationalist – Anonymous
A Letter from Aragon – John Cornford
Spanish Lesson – Tom Wintringham
Fuente-O-Venjuna – Joe Monks
Marching Song of the 2nd Company of the British – Bill Harrington
Battalion International Brigades – Tom Wintringham
Dressing Station – George Green
Granien – Tom Wintringham
‘I have stood to upon some lousy dawns’ – David Marshall
The Battalion Goes Forward – Eric Edney
On Guard for Liberty – Thomas O’Brien
A Dying Comrade’s Farewell to his Sweetheart – Pat O’Reilly
To Margot Heinemann – John Cornford
Battle of Jarama 1937 – John Lepper
The Tolerance of Crows – Charles Donnelly
‘Twas postwar stalemate period’ – Ralph Cantor
Jarama Front – Tony Hyndman
Jarama – Lon Elliott
Valley of Jarama – Alex McDade
Heroic Heart – Charles Donnelly
Thinking of Artolas – Ewart Milne
A Moment of War – Laurie Lee
Who Wants War? – Bill Feeley
‘Munitions men’ – Anonymous
Aragon Ballad – Bill Harrington
12 July 1937, An Ode to My Comrades – John Dunlop
Brunete Wings Overhead – Miles Tomalin
Sun over the Front – James R Jump
Poem in the Summer of 1937 – Tom Wintringham
Thaelmann Battalion – Aileen Palmer
‘Rest, I will know your all-pervading calm’ – Norman Brookfield
Lull in War – Miles Tomalin
Ebro Crossing – James R Jump
Down the Road – Miles Tomalin
Full Moon over Barcelona, 1938 – Tony McLean
To a Fallen Comrade – Bill Harrington
International Brigade Dead – Thomas O’Brien
To England from the English Dead – Miles Tomalin
England – Clive Branson
Spain, May 1st, 1938 – Lorenzo Varela (translated by Lon Elliott)
Shared Cigarette – James R Jump
Farewell – Bill Harrington
Eyes – Anonymous
Song of the Night Market – Ewart Milne
The Nightingale – Clive Branson
San Pedro – Clive Branson
‘The dead have no regrets’ – Aileen Palmer
Retrospect – David Marshall
The Hour Glass(1) – Ewart Milne
On the Statue of the Virgin – Clive Branson
Salud, Brigade – Salud! – Anonymous
I Sing of my Comrades – David Marshall
‘I wept the day that Barcelona fell’ – Tony McLean
In an Olive Grove – Bill Harrington
Remember – David Martin
For Antonio Tessaro of Padua, Missing in – Tony McLean
Aragon, 1938
Fighter Pilot – Jim Haughey
For Spain and for Sam Wild – Anonymous
Jarama – David Martin
England, Arise – Bert Neville
Letter from the Underworld – Aileen Palmer
‘Have we no Dante for to-day’s Aquinas?’ – Tony McLean
Aftermath – Miles Tomalin
Monument – Tom Wintringham
The Doomed – Thomas O’Brien
Hasta la Vista, Madrid! – Bob Cooney
Return to Spain – Bill Feeley
Comrades – James R Jump
I Wish I Were Back… – David Marshall
‘The deserters, all three, complaining’ – Thomas O’Brien
A Tribute – Hugh Sloan
Joe Monks – James R Jump
‘I have lived in a time of heroes’ – David Marshall

About the poets
About the poems

‘the most moving, inspirational collection of poetry I have read in many years … What is it about the International Brigaders that makes their memory and the recall of their political humanity so relevant today? Courage, a loyalty to the best within us, a political imagination that thinks with the heart: the list is long. These qualities shine from this collection, which ought to be required reading in every school.’

John Pilger


‘their story has often been told by historians but the poetry in this volume takes us further, providing a hint of the emotional cost of their commitment to the anti-fascist cause.’

Paul Preston


‘This moving collection of evocative poetry is a fitting tribute to those who had the bravery and foresight to join the battle against fascism in Spain.’

Billy Bragg