By Christopher Logue
The scene is decided for chilly Calls, the 5th and penultimate instalment of Logue's Homer, an ongoing undertaking - a bit of performance-art for the web page instead of the degree - which has taken a number of many years to spread, and has been defined as, 'Less a translation than an edition. much less an model in reality, than an unique poem of substantial power.' (Derek Mahon)
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They just looked at each other strangely, as they heard the next one coming. In the driver's seat Reynolds kept the tank going full out, conjuring up reserves of speed from Bert that even he hadn't known existed. The tunnel mouth now filled the breadth of his slit window. He had forgotten all about trains coming out of hillsides. His hands holding the steering levers were as wet as though he had ^dipped them in water. Sweat streamed off his broad forehead and dripped into his eyes, but he kept them open, seeing the beams of his headlights inside the tunnel now.
Are you quite sure, Barnes? I've got to report to Brigade at once. I must be quite sure. ' 'Quite sure, sir. I'm twenty-five feet up here and the place has been flattened, so vision is good. I'm a quarter of a mile out at least and there's no sign of them ahead. Do I proceed farther or return? ' 'Proceed a farther quarter of a mile if you can, then report again. ' 'Barnes OK. ' At least it was a convenient distance. The tank was still moving ahead along the railway line, the embankment straight as a ruler, and about a quarter of a mile farther along the line disappeared into a steep hillside.
He spoke quickly. ' The gun remained levelled at the man's chest. Meyer stepped forward, his face stiff with anger. He even placed his own body between the man and the pointed muzzle as he addressed him in excellent French. 'Which is the direct route to St Quentin? You see what we have with us, so think carefully before you reply. ' The Frenchman moistened his lips and glanced sideways as an Army truck drove into the square. Before it had pulled up men were jumping out of the back, German soldiers armed with rifles and machine-pistols.