Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
John McAuliffeBill Manhire in Conversation with John McAuliffe
(PN Review 259)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Patricia CraigVal Warner: A Reminiscence
(PN Review 259)
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
PN Review 276
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 165, Volume 32 Number 1, September - October 2005.

Five Poems Charles Tomlinson

The Customs Man
for Victor Manuel Mendiola

The Ashbery you sent
from Mexico
had been rent apart
to undergo investigation
by the customs man,
its uncut pages
hacked open - then
an interval, as if
of wondering puzzlement
and a sheaf
of virginal leaves intact.
After which, the knife
resumes its jagged slashes.
The gash in the wrapper
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image