In this week’s edition of “Not Quite Sci-Fi News,” we have the recent discovery of a pair of poems found inside of a high school cupboard, written by the late Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and comedian/TV star Griff Rhys Jones. Had these merely been simple and unoriginal dedications of love or odes to a tree, I doubt we would be hearing about them. But then I doubt either one of these gifted men would have written something so trite.
The poems were found by archivist Stacey Harmer in a collection of poetry-filled books in a pile of documents at Brentwood School in Essex. Oddly enough, all of these writings, dated between 1950-1983, were collected by the literary society known as the Candlesticks, a society that held its potential members to a particular kind of initiation.
“At Candlesticks, which admitted only a select few,” Harmer explained, “they would get together and read plays. In order to join you had to write a poem on the theme of a candle, and read it aloud, and if they liked it you were allowed in.” And you can bet Adams’ poem was particularly “wick”-ed. Candle jokes?