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Chancing upon a copy of The Honest Ulsterman in the early 1970s, the poet Philip Larkin was said to have gasped in horror, "Good God, do we subscribe to this?" Some would take such a dismissal as an insult; to The HU, it was and remains a backhanded compliment. The magazine was created by the late poet James Simmons in May 1968, when Paris was teetering on the brink of revolution and Northern Ireland civil war. It was subtitled "A…