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)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
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)
Jamie OsbornIn conversation with Sasha Dugdale
(PN Review 240)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
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 Poetry Nation 2 Number 2, 1974.

Three Poems David Day


BRASS RUBBING (XX)

It was not a day for rapid movement.
In a garden where the heat was banked
against deep trees, dehiscing broom
picked out how still it was. A fantail lifted
in the thermals by the tower.
The church's stone was very bright. High
in adjacent ash some leaves were wilting.
It occurred to me in quick succession

that the sap was now reduced, since
the wax might well have lost its firmness the result
might not be clear, that a status quo
can be too enervating, visualising how

the rubbing hand goes
up and down, advancing. Inside the church,
our brass, epitomising much that once
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image