PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
PN Review Prize winners announced
Carcanet Press and PN Review are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever PN Review Prize. read more
Most Read... Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott
1930–2017

(PN Review 235)
Kate BinghamPuddle
(PN Review 236)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Gratis Ad 2
Next Issue CELEBRATING JOHN ASHBERY Contributors include Mark Ford, Marina Warner, Jeremy Over, Theophilus Kwek, Sam Riviere, Luke Kennard, Philip Terry,Agnes Lehoczky, Emily Critchley, Oli Hazard and others Miles Champion The Gold Standard Rebecca Watts The Cult of the Noble Amateur Marina Tsvetaeva ‘My desire has the features of a woman’: Two Letters translated by Christopher Whyte Iain Bamforth Black and White

This poem is taken from PN Review 103, Volume 21 Number 5, May - June 1995.

M: a poem in ten chapters and one thousand lines John Peck


Avec reconnaissance apres une maladie, et pour Jehanne

Nature has kept everything in view,
     the end no less than the beginning or
     the intermediate period of duration;
     much as a boy who throws a ball in the
     air.
- Marcus Aurelius,
Meditations, VII. 20

I May have towerd above the battle, the mind of that girl
II It will be nothing that is not classic, delicate
III Steadily without thrusting, wind penetrated what joy
IV The oily bronze of afresh monument to the fallen
V Heel slithers, hunting, and the hand widens
VI Registered are Augustine's offerings to the scriptures
VII Hoplite Sokrates proposed the choices of nonviolence
VIII Just as an advertising floater trails its tow plane
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image