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 Gwyneth Lewis ‘Spiderings’ Ian Thomson ‘Fires were started: Tallinn, 1944’ Adrian May ‘Traditionalism and Tradition’ Judith Herzberg ‘Poems’ translated by Margitt Helbert Horatio Morpurgo ‘What is a Book?’
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 277
PN Review Substack

This poem is taken from PN Review 212, Volume 39 Number 6, July - August 2013.

My Worn Pamphlets Closed Again on the Name Paphos

for Christopher Middleton
Gabriel Levin
Periplus


Skirting the Lydian coastline, calling at Samos,
Cos, Rhodes, then tacking east before keeling
over - eyes peeled for the port, amphorae,
almond jars, and millstones lashed in the hold,
doubling as ballast; remember Alcaeus: 'One more
cresting billow dashing against the timber
sends us scrambling to bale out the bilge-water';

the lead sheathing of no use to the salvaged
wreck I'm looking at: 'let all hands buttress the sides
quickly as possible', reads the scrap of papyrus,
and the moving: 'let no one be seized by (soft?)
fear,' though opinion will differ on the riddling
lines: were the high seas a reckless tyrant's buffetings
or those of desire, charged with forgetfulness.



Numenius ON THE GOOD
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image