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Poetry

Poetry-related things.

UK Poetry Magazines


These pages were created years ago and are probably woefully out of date.

Poets


Thoughts on some poets.

Reviews


These reviews were written for various competitions, a long time ago. I didn't win a prize in any of them.

Own Efforts


  • Poems that I've had published, plus a few that I haven't.

Opacity

Lost to the human current,
    off work in midsummer,
        being escorted by train
across a baking country
    of weak receded rivers,
        expanses of primed grain

and plague-silent small towns,
    at each of which a stone
        evacuated station
phlegmatically awaited
    the machine's slow and half-
        somnolent impregnation,

I watched how, at one stop,
    deep inland, the roof
        of the platform, made of glass,
was buffeted by a butterfly,
    sun-seeking, baffled as
        to what it couldn't pass —

as though in that gaunt arena
    man had wrought his spell,
       unthinking that between
nature and nature it came —
    nature whose opacity
        he'd cursed, then left the scene.

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