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 85, Volume 18 Number 5, May - June 1992.

Three Poems Charles Tomlinson

THE CYPRESSES

The cypresses are hesitating whether to move,
as though they could advance uphill if only they wished.
Then they go completely still; they are shamming dead -
they feel something is about to occur
and they want to be unnoticed by it.
Suddenly, we learn what it is:
the lake below, having lain in a Götterdämmerung light all afternoon,
disappears beneath cloud and rain. Now
the cypresses are losing their composure, but only a little.
They do not toss to the Byronic thunder music -
their foliage to too compact for that;
the brushed-up look of this leafy chevelure
has an electrical restraint about it.
Only a stirring at their very tips gives them away,
though the two just outside the window
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image