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
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... Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
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 206, Volume 38 Number 6, July - August 2012.

Four Poems David Herd
On not being a man who is Piero della Francesca

1.

Where we live among has not the mood of Arezzo
No girlfriend, these are not the church steps
And girlfriend, in this interior no painter on commission
Lent himself to the manufacture of a morning light;
So making it a 'perfect example' (Kenneth Clark, Civilization),
Girlfriend, where we live among is not that
Nor in governance, girlfriend, where we let the space and these
Are not the steps, and believe it, girlfriend,
Whatever else we hope for now it will not be grace -
Even though among us we have an idea
Distributed casually across particulars
Boys, for instance, drinking coffee along the sea wall -
But that is not a step, this is not a church, there is no interior,
Where we live girlfriend complicit moving equally among.


2.

Or not the mood, or notthe manufacture,
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image