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 18, Volume 7 Number 4, March - April 1981.

Given Worlds Andrew Waterman

      1. Gifts

Mirror, rattle, doll and drum:
tearing the gift-paper off
at your first Christmas, happiness
finds lacking only hands enough.

Each dazzling will unfold past scope,
mirror, rattle, doll and drum;
the child in you whirl stunned in chase
of toyshop-conjugated fun

transmuting; to that dawn which finds
the light left on for you still on;
mirror, rattle, doll or drum
has won your colder birth, from home.

I have searched the glass, caused some
noise, caught some I sought, marched on;
these hands no child's from which slip now
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image