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
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing ‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing
(PN Review 236)
Jamie OsbornIn conversation with Sasha Dugdale
(PN Review 240)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Oxford University Press
Gratis Ad 1
Next Issue Kei Miller on poetry and volume control Parwana Fayyaz's Afghan poems Gabriel Josipovici bids farewell to Aharon Appelfeld Craig Raine plants a flag A.R. Ammons from two angles

This poem is taken from PN Review 222, Volume 41 Number 4, March - April 2015.

A Name Loosely Attached’ and Other Poems Stanley Middleton
A Name Loosely Attached

In the street where I lived as a child
  The occupants of houses next to the gas lamps
Lent them their names. So we’d meet
  In the yellow circle of Leatherheads’,
Or race downhill to Stevensons’, sometimes make off
  For Bowerses’. The fourth, higher, near the top
Was alien country, nameless. Those who gave
  Their names were remembered when they’d
Flitted by conservative-minded boys; otherwise,
  Apart from forays when we outshouted
Convenience, or mester was on shift work,
  They kept indoors, in the back, mindless
Of their fame, small fortune. “Come on. See you
  At Leathoes’,” we said. “At Stevoes’.” And we did.

          *       *       *       *

They had their moment, these folk, unearned
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image