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 Jen Schmitt on Ekphrasis Rachel Hadas on Text and Pandemic Kirsty Gunn Essaying two Jee Leong Koh Palinodes in the Voice of my Dead Father Maureen Mclane Correspondent Breeze
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
Monthly Carcanet Books
PN Review Blog

This poem is taken from PN Review 112, Volume 23 Number 2, November - December 1996.

Two Poems C.K. Stead


Si Quicquam Cupido Optantique…

     Longed for so long
no longer expected
you're back
        rarer than gold
than hen's teeth
whom I in my need
                denied
derided.

         More mysterious
Muse
         in your return
than ever in your absence
see what you've done -
  a notebook almost full
poem after draft of poem!

                  Here to stay
Clodia
or passing through
what can I do
    but bow the knee
        what can I say
but welcome!
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image