The satirist Craig Brown’s first published article appeared in the <em>New Statesman</em> in 1978. He fetes our centenary with choice clerihews praising everyone from Jemima Khan to Malcolm Muggeridge.
There’s one made up of the Norse
world and Anglo-Saxon
spearshafts at the bottom of our garden,
its golden key-bunches seared
to a scarred grey homonym
A poem by Philip Larkin, first published in the New Statesman on 24 November 1961.
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
I have passed with a nod of the head
The poet and essayist Edward Thomas's well-loved poem was first published in the New Statesman in June 1917, shortly after his death at the Battle of Arras.
I share my name with the unproductive bees
who do all the work. I travel in the night,
like angels or figments of imagination.
I suffer power-cuts, but still perform