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)
Kei Millerthe Fat Black Woman
In Praise of the Fat Black Woman & Volume

(PN Review 241)
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)
Next Issue Beverley Bie Brahic, after Leopardi's 'Broom' Michael Freeman Benefytes and Consolacyons Miles Burrows At Madame Zaza’s and other poems Victoria Kenefick Hunger Strike Hilary Davies Haunted by Christ
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
Monthly Carcanet Books
PN Review Blog

This poem is taken from PN Review 5, Volume 5 Number 1, October - December 1978.

Three Poems Charles Boyle

DESERT REST HOUSE

A radio bleats, a dog
ponders a rat, clawed and half-alive-
this is nowhere, nothing, a one-night stand
anonymous, available.

Gradations of colour and shadow
presage no angels, we watch them
for what they are, symptoms of a disease
at large within us.

A wrecked car is being explored
by children-as ours will be,
though the mechanic swears
it's fixed now, we can go on.

The light curdles on walls
Tracks lead off, ruts,
into that brief cold clarity
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image