The Sunday Post // The Sunday Poet #2
The Sunday Poet #2
This week’s poem comes from Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets, which I bought for my course then slightly regretted when I could find all the material I needed on-line. However I haven’t even used it for studying yet and I’ve already fallen in love with it – great range and variety of poets included, and it is also a surprisingly purse-friendly size for an anthology! And that is important for someone who carries a tome of poetry at all times. Anyway this poem is a little bit of whimsy, because when don’t we need that?
Pug – Nick Laird
Bruiser, batface, baby bear,
bounce in your moon suit
of apricot fur with some fluff
in your mouth or a twig or a feather.
Emperors bored you.
You with the prize-winning ears,
who grew from a glove
to a moccasin slipper
and have taken to secrecy
recently, worming in
under the furniture.
To discover you here
Is to keep still and listen.
The settee begins wheezing.
Hogarth loved the fact
that for your first half-year
you hardly differed from a rabbit.
When you’re over-excited
you tend to get hiccups.
You squeak when you yawn
and your tongue is unfurled
in a semi-circle, salmon-pink
on coastal rock, that trilobite
embedded in the slate
roof of your open mouth,
perfect for the mascot
of the House of Orange.
Your weapon of choice is the sneeze.
Above the winter garden
a hair-thin moon, reflecting.
You are as open as a haiku,
All karumi, hint and sigh.
The Buddha would’ve liked you.
Watch us from your separate dream
then pad across to clamber through
the plastic flap and plant your paws
four-square again on grass, like this.
Your hackles bristle and you ridge
your back and bark and bark and bark,
at shadows and the fence,
at everything behind the fence,
the cuttings and the railway foxes.
I couldn’t resist including a picture of these cheeky critters! Thanks Google for providing me with hours of entertainment searching “pugs in costumes”!
The Sunday Post #2
What I’ve read…
- Modern Nature by Derek Jarman
- The Running Man by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
- Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets edited by Roddy Lumsden: as I said above this is a great anthology, with loads of variety laid out in a concise, clear fashion.
- The Twelve by Justin Cronin: so this is the second in a trilogy, I loved the first and reviewed it very enthusiastically – so far this one is going pretty well, but feel like the action needs to pick up soon! Expect a review of it within the next week or so.
And the rest…
This week actually involved another trip to Manchester Food and Drink Festival, to see a friend of ours and his band play. Naturally this involved another round of yummy food – this time from Viet Shack. I’ve been meaning to try their food for absolutely ages now, and it was well worth the wait! I plumped for lemongrass chicken, which was deliciously smoky, served over noodles and a lovely fresh carrot salad with chilli, mint and basil. For a naughty evening out I was impressed with how restrained I was food wise! This week also heralded the official start of my MA – with an induction meet and greet over all the English courses. It was really lovely to meet people before actually starting the course, and to also get a glimpse into what other people will be studying over the year. Next week the teaching starts properly and I am so so excited! How was everyone else’s week? What have you been reading?