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Corpus – Cape (2004)

 
 
 
 

WINNER OF WHITBREAD POETRY AWARD

 

ASCENSION DAY

In the Blue Lobster Café backyard,
the head chef – arms outstretched –
bears what looks like a body,

but conjures six cook’s shirts,
hot-laundered, pegged out,
dripping in a drench of sun.

As they dry, their half-hearted
semaphore becomes
more urgent, untranslatable.

Sex and death are in the air
this May morning: pollen and spent
blossom on an aimless breeze;

crab-backs, prawn skins, clams,
black-violet mussel shells,
all reek in sun-baked bin-sacks.



Awards for this collection


- Whitbread Poetry Award – winner
- Forward Prize for Best Collection – shortlist
- TS Eliot Prize – shortlist
- Griffin International Prize – shortlist
- Poetry Book Society Recommendation



Contents
of this book

1. Pelt
2. Ascension Day
3. Food For Risen Bodies – I
4. Corpse
5. Corporeality
6. Attempts On Your Life
7. Post-Mortem
8. Food For Risen Bodies – II
9. The Box
10. Carnivorous – I
11. Food For Risen Bodies – III
12. The Hands
13. Jairus
14. Grounded
15. Carnivorous– II
16. Flesh
17. Your Eyes Tonight
18. Carnivorous – III
19. The Gifts
20. The Razor
21. Mapping The Genome
22. Carnivorous – IV
23. The Drifter And His White Shadow
24. Madame Zero
25. Carnivorous V
26. To John Donne
27. What Divides Us
28. Food For Risen Bodies – IV
29. Genetics
30. Edge Of The World
31. Menagerie
32. Food For Risen Bodies – V
33. Study For The World’s Body
34. Hide
35. Tongue
36. Pathologist
37. Choreography
38. A Wreck
39. The Frequency
40. Food For Risen Bodies – VI
41. Cosmology
42. Last Things
43. Natal
44. Anatomy Of A Perfect Dive


 
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