PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: to access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott
1930–2017

(PN Review 235)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Gratis Ad 2
Next Issue Peter Scupham at 85: a celebration Contributions by Anne Stevenson, Robert Wells, Peter Davidson, Lawrence Sail

This poem is taken from PN Review 172, Volume 33 Number 2, November - December 2006.

Bread and Butter Dennis O'Driscoll

The rich abundance of the still-life
    painter's palette: glistening
pitchers; pewter kitchenware
    battered like windfallen fruit;
fatted watermelons, grapes
    and apricots; bushy heads
of cauliflower in season.
    And sweetmeats. And bread.
Bread that no more has
    a season than the air;
keeping bakers awake all night,
    worrying over loaves.
A corner is nicked from this roll
    painted with eggshell delicacy;
maybe the artist, unable to desist,
    picked absent-mindedly at
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image