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Bono's Elvis poem set for radio broadcast

A poem about Elvis Presley by U2 frontman Bono is to be broadcast as part of a 15-minute "soundscape" on Radio 4.

The singer wrote the poem more than 10 years ago and recorded it for a radio producer while taking part in a documentary.

The BBC described the broadcast, which weaves Bono's verse with snippets of Elvis songs and archive news material about the King, as an "atmospheric and artistic feature".

U2 are known as Elvis aficionados, and Bono's poem was originally published in a fan magazine dedicated to the band in 1995.

The BBC said of the broadcast, which will be aired at 11pm on May 13: "Some lines are purposefully quintessential Elvis cliches while others make listeners view Elvis in a new light.

"Throughout the poem there are images of people, musicians, films, places, America, politicians, actors and religious icons."

Belfast Telegraph