Jesus Christ Endorses The New Hillman Imp

by Robert Crawford

I was in our works canteen when a call
Came over the tannoy to watch him endorse the new car.
As he bent and touched it, he said:
"This product will save your area
For another decade: it will be loved
Equally by US management
And families whom its air-cooled rear engine
Will power to school. I'm saying this
That you may take pride in your work."
Nervous execs whooshed him away
For a photo session.

I lost my job
In the first redundancies.
'Does the daffodil have an income allocation model ?
Will the company keep you safe
In a world downturn ? Will you see this factory levelled ?'
Hillmans have long gone out of production.
My launch brochures in a box upstairs
With his photo are greeny with damp.
We did good work, though. No regrets.
It was true what he said, standing up
On a platform in Linwood, Scotland,
Endorsing the new Hillman Imp.

The Imp Site
Imp History
© Franka


The Scottish Invention of English Literature / Robert Crawford. - Cambridge University, 1998
ISBN 0-521-59038-8 (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 635,787

The penguin Book of Poetry from Britain & Ireland since 1945 / Simon Armitage & Robert Crawford (eds). - Penguin, 1998
ISBN 0-670-88325-5

Robert Burns and Cultural Authority / Robert Crawford (ed). - University of Iowa, 1997. - 335 p. ; 0.98" x 9.51" x 6.33"
ISBN 0877455783 (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 587,611

Times Literary Supplement
The essays in Robert Burns and Cultural Authority do much to assist an understanding of the complexities and uncertainties of Burns' patriotism.
Book Description
Eleven contemporary writers and academics analyze the place of Scotland's best-loved poet in relation to literary and social institutions since the eighteenth century. From Burns and God to Burns and Sex, the essays reflect upon why Burns's work has acquired worldwide cultural importance. Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney, novelist A. L. Kennedy, poet Douglas Dunn and literary historian Marilyn Butler are among the impressive array of contributors to this lively volume.

Identifying Poets : Self and Territory in Twentieth-Century Poetry / Robert Crawford. - Edinburgh University, January 1994
ISBN 0-748 60409-X (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 1,361,609
A review by Booknews, February 1, 1995
A study that examines the way 20th-century poets identify themselves with particular territories, constructing and reconstructing territorial identities. From America to Australia, and from Scotland and England to the Caribbean, it looks in detail at the poetry of six international poets--Robert Frost, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, Les Murray, John Ashbery, and Frank Kuppner--as well as discussing the Scots work of Tom Leonard, Liz Lochhead, and Edwin Morgan, and the English-language work of Peter Reading, Judith Wright, and Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott.
Distributed by Columbia U. Press.

Liz Lochhead's Voices / Robert Crawford and Anne Varty (eds). - Edinburgh University, 1993. - (Modern Scottish Writers)
ISBN 0-748 60447-2 (Paperback, April 1994) Sales Rank: 1,389,894

Reading Douglas Dunn / Robert Crawford and David. Kinloch (eds). - Polygon, 1982; Edinburgh University, 1992

The Arts of Alasdair Gray / Robert Crawford and Thom Nairn (eds). - Edinburgh University, September 1991. - (Modern Scottish Writers)
ISBN 0-748 60294-1 (Paperback) Sales Rank: 1,428,019

About Edwin Morgan / Robert Crawford and Hamish Whyte (eds). - Edinburgh University, November 1990
ISBN 0748601589 (Hardcover)
A review was published in the Glasgow Herald, May 19 1990: Edwin Morgan, Nothing not giving messages: reflections on his work and life

Devolving English Literature / Robert Crawford. - Clarendon Pr, 1992. - 320 p. ;0.82 x 8.49 x 5.48"
ISBN 0198119550 (pbk) Sales Rank: 491,573

Savage and the City in the Work of T S Eliot / Robert Crawford. - Clarendon, 1988. - (Oxford English Monographs)
ISBN 019812869X (Hardcover)
ISBN 0198122519 (Paperback) reprint ed. - Oxford Univ Pr, 1991

Talking Verse : interviews with poets / Robert Crawford et al (eds)

Publishing this poem here is a breach of copyright.
I haven't figured out yet whom to ask for permission. Hopefully I'll be excused until then. Doing a quick web search on on COPAC and Amazon shows that there's definitely more than one Robert Crawford doing some serious authoring. And there seem to be more than one who may have the above verse to his name.

For instance, there is a Dr Robert Crawford at the University of St Andrews, who has something to do with poetry...
It seems a bit presumptious to ask him if he is responsible for the Linwood factory worker's poem... He may have thought so, too, as he hasn't answered my e-mails.

Mind you, I rather like it. A lot. Surely no one would get disagreeable if they were asked did they write it?

The Mr. Crawford, who has been busy with the books to the right, seems to have visited any university but St. Andrews... so perhaps it's not the same person
And the Crawford with the most recent published poetry uses a London publisher... The third man ?

I'm thinking that the author of the older work, published in the 60s, maybe my best bet.

Maybe I should check the guy who wrote "The Devil's Carousel". Chances are he's an actual Linwood factory man ?

"Robert Crawford is a scrupulously exact composer and individual. He agonises over every note in his small output of outstanding chamber music."
If this is the Mr. Crawford who holds the copyright, I'm probably in trouble when he finds out about this page...

Crawford, Robert, 1959-

Masculinity / Robert Crawford. - London : Jonathan Cape, 1997; Cape Poetry, 1996. - 68 p ; 20 cm
ISBN 0224043714 (pbk) Sales Rank: 1,029,012

Contraflow on the super highway : poems by Robert Crawford [et al] / edited by W. N. Herbert and Richard Price. 1994

A Scottish Assembly / Robert Crawford. - London : Chatto & Windus, 1992
ISBN: 0701135956 (pbk)

Talkies / Robert Crawford. - London : Chatto & Windus, 1992. - [80]p ; 22cm
ISBN: 0701139285 (pbk) Sales Rank: 1,346,397

Chatto poetry festival / Robert Crawford [et al.]. 1989

Other stuff

But I'm Only a Social Drinker / Robert Crawford
ASIN: 0723307547 ; This title is out of print.

The Shroud Society / Robert Crawford. - Black Dagger Crime, 1997
ISBN 0745186203 (Hardcover) Sales Rank: 1,343,056
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British

The Scottish Invention of English Literature
Table of Contents

  1. From Rhetoric to Criticism Neil Rhodes
  2. Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson and the institutions of English / Ian Duncan
  3. The `Eloquence of the Bar': Hugh Blair's Lectures, professionalism and Scottish legal education / Rajit S. Dosanjh
  4. Hugh Blair's Ossian, Romanticism and the teaching of Literature Fiona Stafford
  5. The entrance of the novel into the Scottish universities / Paul G. Bator
  6. William Greenfield: gender and the transmission of literary culture / Martin Moonie
  7. An evolutionary microcosm: the teaching of Literature and aesthetics at Aberdeen / Joan H. Pittock
  8. The early impact of Scottish literary teaching in North America / Franklin E. Court
  9. Scottish academia and the invention of American Studies / Andrew Hook
  10. Scottish Rhetoric and the formation of literary studies in nineteenth-century England / Linda Ferreira-Buckley
  11. 'A centre at the edge': Scotland and the early teaching of Literature in Australia and New Zealand / Chris Worth
  12. Scottish Literature and English Studies / Robert Crawford

Young & free : letters of Robert and Thomas Crawford, 1821-1830 / Robert Crawford
ASIN: 0646253557 ; This title is out of print. Sales Rank: 988,690
Pioneers Australia

Studying American Music / R. Crawford. - Inst for Studies in Amer Music, 1985
ISBN: 0914678256 (pbk) Sales Rank: 902,644

The badger's daughter / Crawford, Robert. 1971

Cockleburr / Crawford, Robert. 1969

The blathrie air o't / Crawford, Robert. 1965

The brisk young lad / Crawford, Robert. 1965

A ballad and other poems / Crawford, Robert, 1877-. 1925

Across the Pampas and the Andes / Crawford, Robert. 1884

Cultural affections of the ischio-rectal fossa. / Crawford, Robert. ;-)