Doesn't she mind being "on view" in his pictures? © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The Colour of Summer 2020 Previous Festival 2020 Victoria Kiff — Synesthesia ... David Harkins. The second of four brothers, he loved poetry and paintings as a young man. He started in 1997 - "I just needed to express myself." At first, I couldn't believe it," he says. We read it in the Times. I know that. I was 23 when I first met Anne Lloyd, my inspiration for the poem I called 'Remember Me'. "I felt proud, humbled. Anne posed for me about eight times, and we met regularly for a couple of years and talked a great deal, though we never even kissed, which is probably why I poured all my feelings about her into my poetry. "Systems crashed and telephone lines were blocked at the Times," reported columnist Philip Howard, and the lines were attributed variously to Immanuel Kant, Joyce Grenfell and nameless Native Americans. But it was during this period that Harkins' verse of forlorn love went out into the world, was lost to literary culture for several years, only to re-emerge as a poem of consolation to the bereaved. "I became obsessed with a girl, but I was very intimidated. "I was 22, 23 years old. The verse – sometimes also known as "She Is Gone" – has often been given an anonymous attribution, but Harkins claimed his original authorship after it was chosen by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the funeral ceremony for her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in April 2002. 1 Victoria Grove, 2nd Avenue, Brighton & Hove, BN3 2LJ United Kingdom.  It was reported that the verse had been circulating on the internet since at least 2000, and The Times said that it "had previously been used to mark the deaths of a 52-year-old Scottish alcoholic, a 15-year-old high school baseball player, and an Australian glam rock star killed in a helicopter crash. His subjects are almost exclusively nudes, which may have something to do with his new-found success. Brighton & Hove, England, BN3 2LJ 2014 Tribe Art Prize at Edgar Modern Gallery in Bath. Cameron Contemporary Art is dedicated to showing a changing programme of high quality established and exciting up and coming British artists. Phil Coleman, "Carlisle artist looking for homes for 200 pictures", Verse by David Harkins, including 'Remember Me', https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=You_can_shed_tears_that_she_is_gone&oldid=952173715, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 April 2020, at 22:33. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said that the verse "very much reflected her thoughts on how the nation should celebrate the life of the Queen Mother. David Harkins is a business strategist, innovation facilitator, speaker, and teacher. She was his first real girlfriend, he says. You can remember me and grieve that I have gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on. Initial efforts to find the author of the anonymous verse, through the Poetry Society and other channels, proved fruitless, and it was suggested that the verse had been written for a magazine or greetings card manufacturer rather than by a known poet. This Billy Liar-esque existence was interrupted in 1985 when he and his father were sacked for stealing a loaf of bread; Harkins spent the next two-and-a-half years out of work. Cameron Contemporary Art is dedicated to showing a changing programme of high quality established and exciting up and coming British artists. Rather, it was written in the spirit of unrequited love. 2015 Inside Outside, Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath, 2012 New Ears: Elements and Versions, 3 Bury Street, London, 2008 From the Life of a Hare, 3 Bury Street, London, 2017 All Square at Cameron Contemporary Art, 2016 Figure — A Cast of Characters, Cameron Contemporary Art, 2015 Winter Show at Cameron Contemporary Art, Paintings are held in private collections in Ireland, South Africa, USA and UK. "Not at all," he says. At the time, Harkins was working in the same Carlisle bakery factory as his father. Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind. I was obliged to work," he says. The words were slightly different, but there it was." They married in October and have been happily married since. Harkins himself played the other part. But I never got beyond Act 1, Scene 1.".  He is not to be confused with an Edinburgh-born abstract artist also named David Harkins. " Harkins said that he had originally written the poem down in the margin of his copy of Dylan Thomas' verse Once It Was The Colour Of Saying, but after reading of its use at the Queen Mother's funeral had removed the page and sent it as a gift to Prince Charles, who thanked him.. "She knew how I felt, but she wasn't interested.". At the time it was written, Harkins was a bakery worker and aspiring artist living in Carlisle, Cumbria. At first, I couldn't believe it. I completed 'Remember Me' in about March 1982... Harkins' original piece, originally written in prose format, started with the line: "Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived...". In 1987, the shy but dogged artist finally completed a one-act play, entitled Pam. The nearest he came to literary achievement was when the Sunday Times magazine bought a piece he'd written for its "Day in the Life" slot.  The Queen read the poem in the printed order of service, and was reportedly touched by its sentiments and "slightly upbeat tone". The family moved three years ago to Silloth, a few miles along the coast from Carlisle, and live in a three-bed semi, stacked with paintings. "Anon" seemed the best bet. Not since Auden's Stop All the Clocks in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral had a piece of funerary verse made such an impression on the nation. , According to a report in The Guardian:. Harkins used to type his name at the foot of every poem, so somewhere down the line someone must have retitled and doctored the poem and decided it should be "Anon" - the guilty editorial meddling, one might speculate, of an anthologist who no longer had any idea who David Harkins was, nor how to find him.  The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, said that its significance lay "not so much in the literary value but how much it means to the person involved". I'd say, 'I'm going to get a flat.' He later said: "I believe a copy of 'Remember Me' was lying around in some publishers/poetry magazine office way back, someone picked it up and after reading through the piece found it appropriate for a funeral/message of condolence. We read it in the Times. I was shocked.  They later returned to live in Carlisle. He said that he had given up writing verse in 1984, commenting that "I was never a good writer, and my poetry wasn't very good either. This proved difficult as her mother was present throughout. His story is a kind of triumph of art over life. "Anon" seemed the best bet. Anne answered, and I introduced myself as a painter (painting was a hobby of mine back then) and asked her to pose. Ten of them were my family.". "I was shocked. "We ran for one night at a community centre," he says. "She's a martyr to art.". This year, the Queen read it out at her mother's funeral. They have a son, Jonathan, aged 12, who has severe learning difficulties and is looked after by Jane. To move on. Such was the popular mood (remember the queues across the bridges near Westminster Abbey) that the words of the poem, so plain as scarcely to be poetic, seemed to strike a chord. His wife is his main sitter. The "it" in question is the poem chosen by the Queen to be read at the funeral of the Queen Mother. At the time it was written, Harkins was a bakery worker and aspiring artist living in Carlisle, Cumbria. "I used to watch the South Bank Show and imagine myself being interviewed by Melvyn Bragg," he says.
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