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Soft Keys – Secker & Warburg (1993)

PUBLISHED IN NEW EDITION BY CAPE IN 2009

   
 
 
 

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Annunciation at the Hookses

With or without wings he is coming
at incredible speed from everywhere
to this baking terrace - to here -
as she pours herself an ice-cold drink
outside a house that rocks on cliffs.
She wears shades, flakes in a deckchair.
A red crescent dries above her lip.

O Gabriel make her waking as gentle
as the eye-blue of a distant sail.
Still she'll drop her half-full glass
in shock and joy at what you ask.
With a choked-up 'yes' it all begins-
the afternoon sea will leap and scale
the cliffs to offer its obedience.

The sun will nuzzle like a pet
at her ankles, and in that twilight
shells will sing the vespers of love,
and momentarily across the globe
the day will check in mid-stride
like it's just stepped off a tube,
looking for bearings, the way up and out.



Awards for this collection


- Society of Authors’ Gregory Award



Contents
of this book

Angel of the Perfumes
Messiaen in Gorlitz 1940
The Botanical Gardens
Replica
JWs in NSW
Behemoth
Soft Keys
Scrap Metal
Swan-Upping
Compline
Hosea Thomas in the Realm of Miracles
Vanishing Point
To Skin a Tree
Locust People
Stop Fortnight
Malchus
Simone and the Unknown Friend:
I Video Games with Simone Weil
II Front-Line Nurses
III Apple Fool, April Fool
IV Simone’s Last and First
Hang-Gliders
The Telex
The Allotment
Wasps Carry off the Memories of an Old Woman
The Hookses:
I A Definition
II Terrace
III Gulls Going Home
IV In Company
V In the Weeks Before War
VI St Patrick Cross
VII Annunciation at the Hookses:


 
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