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)
Tim Parksin conversation with Natalia Ginzburg
(PN Review 49)
Next Issue Subha Mukherji Dying and Living with De la Mare Carl Phillips Fall Colors and other poems Alex Wylie The Bureaucratic Sublime: on the secret joys of contemporary poetry Marilyn Hacker Montpeyroux Sonnets David Herman Memories of Raymond Williams
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
PN Review New Issue

This poem is taken from PN Review 42, Volume 11 Number 4, March - April 1985.

Poems Val Warner

IN G MINOR

'Yet remember that golden youth - the ice gobbled . . .
Eine kleine Nachtmusik scored, late, with
no note crossed through . . . nature's old profligate
grace. 'In the picture, the viola's laid
by . . . wine-dark velvet cushions. Horse-cabs beat
the aural fresco. Over the manuscript
paper, gilt-edged in candlelight's old warmth,
a trumpet dips - or horn, leant from a loud-

speaker? That record sleeve's His Master's Voice?
'Ever Mozart?' 'I loved the irony,
ringing true. Now I only listen to
the up beat . . . if I can. Life, after all,
is all adagio,' Her artist's eyes
bore into me. 'The poet goes on down
beat to the end, trailing vers libre, weighted with
lead acceptance, while we, consuming . . . want
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image