No 18 - September 2002
There are three principal types of dream:
fleeting, recurrent, permanent.
It is the last that makes you feel
that you are there, incurred,
walking from the bus. You hear it
behind you, its shift from first to second.
Streetlights fold you into the dark.
Another way of bringing the invisible
into mind is to look at it. Do so.
The smell of the moon was like the polish
mum rubbed on her silver with a cloth
the colour of a cloud lit by streetlights.
You open the thought slowly, like
a tin can, to see the serried
peaches in a syrup which falls through
your fingers as you lift first one slice,
then them all. Squeeze them. They are
butterflies, trembling on your hand.
They bear you no ill will. They are made
entirely of thought. They say, so might you be.
It is your job to attend to the babies
who keep crawling in through the cat-flap.
The house is nearly full. You are
anxious about what will happen next.
The feeling that your day has been
entirely foreshadowed. Without your
knowledge, all through the night, clouds mulled
past the window, drew connections,
extemporised you. This coffee you are
drinking has already been drunk.
This is the breath (another person’s) on
the hairs of the forearm, the continuous
night your thoughts have processed.
The bus has just deposited you.
Pinch your arm. Even in daytime, how firm
the dark holds to its stitched shapes.
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- Angel Exhaust
- Blithe Spirit
- Brando's hat
- Brittle Star
- Cannon's Mouth, The
- Coffee House, The
- Dream Catcher
- Floating Bear, The
- French Literary Review, The
- Frogmore Papers, The
- Global Tapestry
- Grosseteste Review
- Homeless Diamonds
- Interpreter's House, The
- Journal, The
- Lamport Court
- London Magazine, The
- Modern Poetry in Translation
- Monkey Kettle
- Neon Highway
- New Welsh Review
- North, The
- Obsessed with pipework
- Oxford Poetry
- Painted, spoken
- Paper, The
- Pen Pusher Magazine
- Poetry Cornwall
- Poetry London
- Poetry London (1951)
- Poetry Nation
- Poetry Review, The
- Poetry Salzburg Review
- Poetry Scotland
- Poetry Wales
- Private Tutor
- Purple Patch
- Rain Dog
- Reach Poetry
- Review, The
- Rialto, The
- Second Aeon
- Seventh Quarry, The
- Smiths Knoll
- Strange Faeces
- Tabla Book of New Verse, The
- Tolling Elves
- Ugly Tree, The
- Wolf, The
- Yellow Crane, The