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: 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
Oxford University Press
Gratis Ad 1
Next Issue Kei Miller on poetry and volume control Parwana Fayyaz's Afghan poems Gabriel Josipovici bids farewell to Aharon Appelfeld Craig Raine plants a flag A.R. Ammons from two angles

This poem is taken from PN Review 198, Volume 37 Number 4, February - March 2011.

Four Poems Dawn Wood
Hall of Celestial Harmony

It has careered in from the window
and now jumps from the back of a chair
to the teapot, then to a Qingdao beer bottle.
The praying mantis grooms itself
the way a cat does, stroking
its triangular head with a fringed limb.
It prays, not because it grovels,
but the forelegs in repose are bent ninety degrees
to the heavens, meditatively
beckoning down blessings. We raise
a second bottle for our toast - cheers!

here's to us and the mantis amongst us -
may his prayers go answered before him,
whatever is food and drink for him,
may he lose himself in the plenteousness

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image