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
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Monthly Carcanet Books
Next Issue Thomas Kinsella in conversation Jeffrey Wainwright comes to grips with St Chad Hsien Min Toh gives us a Korean perspective Iain Bamforth on Lou and Fritz: Sensible Shoes meets Starstruck Judith Bishop on Love and Self-Understanding in an Algorythmic Age

This poem is taken from PN Review 193, Volume 36 Number 5, May - June 2010.

Ghostings Lawrence Sail

1
Fallen fruit of the flesh,
fruit of the broken word,
bright and brindled, you weigh
much more in the hand
than on the bough.

                               And yet,
I once more smell the dew
and rain, and relish versing
.
Meanwhile, the seas rise
and the ideograms of God fail.

              *

In an empty church by the Thames
an impervious stained-glass angel
unfurls a scroll - Behold
thy mother as once she was


Thy mother now reduced
to a fine sift of ash,
surprisingly dark, that slides
with a sigh from the plastic jar

Her given-up ghost settles
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image