"Yet I think, having used my words as the kings used gold, Ere we came by the rustling jest of the paper kings, I who am overbold will be steadily bold, In the counted tale of things. "
Born Iris Wilkinson, Hyde was a significant journalist throughout the 20s and 30s, most notably travelling to the China-Japan war front and challenging the limits of women’s writing. Poetry - and to a lesser extent, prose - was her first love, and her ten books are now slowly being recognised as works of great originality.
steadily bold I counted the tale of kings as gold
having used rustling jest the counted tale
think rustling jest steadily
paper kings used overbold
things will be bold I am counted