Monthly Archives: May 2013

In memory of Jack Vance

A trickster’s sprezzatura, snap-brim cap with phoenix feather, that can pick sharp teeth write villanelles. His scimitar’s curved sheath Neat-oiled for quick despatch. Always a gap between rogue’s execution and desire through which adventures fall a bright cascade. It is … Continue reading

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The Poet to her young comrades 3

These are the worst of times that I have known. I’d like to say they’ll pass, yet fear to lie. It’s probable that some of you will die before all this is done. Will die alone in exile or in … Continue reading

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The Poet to her young comrades 2

I have forgiven several of my friends betrayals so bad they will break your heart as they did mine. Quite soon, departures start among you – lovers, comrades. Never ends this agony of watching things go wrong in times of … Continue reading

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FOR IAIN

A poet cannot lie. Must tell the fact that people go, in pain, and cannot stay. Last month, last week, last hour of last day. He took my hand. And my voice might have cracked but his did not. A … Continue reading

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OK – these are needed, but my harshest work. Trigger to the max. Rape.

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Just Limbering up for the evening’s writing

LOVESICK 2 Wake from a drowse, there’s soreness in my throat from dryness, and it’s also in my heart. I fear it’s love again. The feelings start and go on like a headache. There’s a note that echoes slightly off-key … Continue reading

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Another poem for the new collection

SESTINA OF FADING LOVE Love fever kept me warm all winter long in cold that echoed ache in all our bones an ache of sadness that was not just love Love part of it, the treble to its bass. The … Continue reading

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