PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Kei Millerthe Fat Black Woman
In Praise of the Fat Black Woman & Volume

(PN Review 241)
Next Issue Vahni Capildeo The Boisterous Weeping of Margery Kempe Paul Muldoon The Fly Sinead Morrissey Put Off That Mask Jane Yeh Three Poems Sarah Rothenberg Poetry and Music: Exile and Return
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PN Review Blog
Monthly Carcanet Books

This poem is taken from PN Review 187, Volume 35 Number 5, May - June 2009.

Four Poems Gregory O'Brien
Richard Henry in Fiordland
The mind of man is nothing
but an aviary
                         the sodden book says
or so sang Richard Henry
in the company of
                         waterfalls, those thinnest
most radiant of men.

The roof over Richard Henry’s head
           a roof of birds
and the ground beneath his feet
           his lightly feathered nest.
A world as full of birds as
           the minds of men.

When stoat weather took apart
the kakapo pen
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image