Barthes’ Cinema

Barthes’ Cinemaa student’s paintingAbandon the charted road, veer off the dull grey kerb,go somewhere, nowhere else, and enter a house of dreams,sink in an armchair cloud . . . no blunt facts shall disturbthe dreamer of unbeing, where nothing’s as it seems.Here there...

to P., 26

to P., 26Fly high, fly low, my bird. From nowtill night there’ll be a signal to steer by,somewhere to be, a winging-on; despitethe giant handfuls of vapour in the...

In Hell’s Despite

In Hell’s Despiteat an exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s paintings of the Great War on loan from the Sandham Memorial ChapelAngels are everywhere. A sergeant in a dug-out,his shoulders camouflaged with fern-fronds, standsa second before his nemesis in Salonika.Soldiers...

for Jeanne

for Jeanne Softly you heard a message of the morning, and signalled back an answer all day long. Fiercely you find your way into the evening. Night has its...

Sentinel

Sentinel for Richard Hamer, tutor in Anglo-Saxon What is this mass of light? From where is it sprung? For more than a hundred half-years, on and on, he has watched over the treasure-hoard of an old tongue. In its yellow glow he has prowled about, coiled and clung to a...

couplets

couplets for Angela across the race an otherness is in place in birds and animals the same two variables in wildflowers and weeds the same two breeds so admirably distinct as to be finely linked in our own foolish race a beauty is in place an honour that is most...