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 233, Volume 43 Number 3, January - February 2017.

Four Muses & other poems Kathryn Horrex
Four Muses

What to say to my muse the power plant
who makes auras for the city’s night hours
with a sputter of wattage and volts?

What to say to my muse the steelworks,
who sends hot blasts down the standpipe
for fig trees to thrive in?

What to say of the pigments
rolled out in testing chambers
by my latest muse the chemical plant?

What to say when the power plant
hums and clicks and shines
like a fairylit woodwind instrument?

What to say when the belting out
of playground pieces gives way
to the making of girders for steelworks?
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image