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 Sasha Dugdale, Intimacy and other poems Eugene Ostashevsky, The Feeling Sonnets Nyla Matuk, The Resistance Alex Wylie, Democratic Rags Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Two poems from the archive
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
Monthly Carcanet Books
PN Review Blog

This poem is taken from PN Review 215, Volume 40 Number 3, January - February 2014.

Peruvian Gold Sebastian Barker
1

The popularity of the western calls for consideration.
Wittgenstein loved the paperback form of the genre. I have often wondered why.
It seems it is the theme of settlement, which is so universally captivating.
For settlement is the movement of mankind.

There is nothing to suggest mankind stands still.
It is always on the move, whether from hunter-gatherer to farmer, or Suffolk to New England.
The settlement of Spaniards in Peru, in the 16th century, is a perfect example in view.
Spear-headed by lust for Peruvian gold, European man followed, until the story grew old.


2

The moon is there to be explored, so is the floor of the Atlantic.
Man is by nature an explorer, whether of the depths of depravity or the moons of Jupiter.
We are not exploring the structure and the meaning of DNA because we have nothing better to do,
        but because the explanation of such material (any material) is intrinsically exciting.
History records the golden hordes.
People emulate and obliterate each other with a fine show of care and carelessness.
We have sailed on tectonic plates, we have lived through ice ages.
Settlement is the movement of mankind.
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image