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 Hal Coase 'Ochre Pitch' Gregory Woods 'On Queerness' Kirsty Gunn 'On Risk! Carl Phillips' Galina Rymbu 'What I Haven't Written' translated by Sasha Dugdale Gabriel Josipovici 'No More Stories' Valerie Duff-Strautmann 'Anne Carson's Wrong Norma'
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PN Review 276
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 60, Volume 14 Number 4, March - April 1988.

Variations on a Measure of Burns Rainer Maria Rilke

When January is home to visit her folks
and official work is a public hoax,
soy sprouts dotting the serpentine strokes
     ploughs combed in the lacquered
hill soil that each afternoon's rainstorm soaks
     weave a green jacquard

and zucchini and wart squash and Queensland Blues
(not the dog, but the pumpkin) squeak together like shoes
in tractor trailers, and nectarines bruise
     from being awaited,
but the grizzled haze over mountain views
     looks faintly methylated

because Drought, who's in on every forced sale,
though he may have seen the farmers granted bail
this summer, has the continent in his entail.
     Even smashed, he's seen you:

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image