JohnBradburnePoems

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This is a complete list (as far as we know) of all the tape recordings John Bradburne made while he was working in the leprosy settlement at Mutemwa. They are variable in quality, because of the difficult recording conditions, but his voice comes across clearly, in poetry, chant, and song, and we gain a fresh insight into the man and his works. All funds raised through this page will go to help Mutemwa.

In a letter to his mother (January 1967), he talks about his wish to record all his poems, but only a few were made or survived:

To find a tape-recorder, fix the plug / And press each button rightly as one should / Perplexing I would term, who am a mug / Even at mending fuses, but a good / Royal possession is a tape-recorder, / Even I'd call it king amongst inventions / Counted throughout this century; I'd order / One if a rich man's state fate's condescensions / Ravished me with upon a sudden! then
Daily and nightly I would talk and sing / In words already founted from my pen / Nor rest till all my written best could ring / Given on tape-recordings through the Earth / So long as lovers love and babes have birth!

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