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 34, Volume 10 Number 2, November - December 1983.

Taking the Train Home from Maine Rachel Hadas

I.
Only this morning the calm ocean, flat
and bright as a Homeric epithet,
stretched glimmering eastward out from where we stood
and gazed, our backs to Mrs Church's wood
of sculptured yewtrees. End of August. End
of watching eider ducks paddle beyond
the visible horizon and spread wide
and wider ripples, lapping slowly out of sight -
those dimples always difficult to see
yet squinted for each morning. Finally
we had to pull our eyes away. At nine
the boat would go, we'd leave the bowl of brine
we'd paddled for a month in: water's edge
and tennis court, damp library, rock ledge
to perch on, stare at starlight from. Climb down
from rocks to ferry. Harbor. Highway. Town.

II.
And towns, towns, towns, each name
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image