Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
John McAuliffeBill Manhire in Conversation with John McAuliffe
(PN Review 259)
Patricia CraigVal Warner: A Reminiscence
(PN Review 259)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Tim Parksin conversation with Natalia Ginzburg
(PN Review 49)
Next Issue Gwyneth Lewis ‘Spiderings’ Ian Thomson ‘Fires were started: Tallinn, 1944’ Adrian May ‘Traditionalism and Tradition’ Judith Herzberg ‘Poems’ translated by Margitt Helbert Horatio Morpurgo ‘What is a Book?’
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Reader Survey
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 269, Volume 49 Number 3, January - February 2023.

Two Poems Diane Mehta
Application for Sainthood

All hands up in love, a trio talking riffs
ascending at different intervals together, eternal bliss
according to the weather of the hereafter
or, depending on how long art lasts, of the never.
Out the thunder, out the hunger
ringing all bright sense in paradisial weather

Passionate women are singing sell my heart
but don’t undersell yourself. Don’t start
exiting in the beginning; don’t stop climbing into
visions tapping on the window, or what’s coded into
these walls, our cantos, feeling out of depth
in thinking thought, and seeking the mind’s wealth.

A magpie in the yard constructs from memory
locus amoenus in the Primum Mobile
inside prisms with flowers impossible

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image