A micro-anthology of devotion poems

A most interesting selection

It's only chemo

  1. Man and Wife, Robert Lowell, ‘blossoms on our magnolia ignite/the morning with their murderous five days’ white’. (Lowell was a master of the three-part-line)
  2. What is there to say, Jack Gilbert, ‘there is this stubborn provincial singing in me’
  3. The Muse, Anna Akhmatova, ‘When in the night I await her coming/my life seems stopped.’
  4. Psalm 143, King James Version, ‘Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.’ (Purcell, ‘Thy Word is a Lantern’)
  5. Sonnet, Robert Hass, ‘Outside, white,/patient animals, and tangled vines, and rain.’
  6. The Eve of St Agnes, John Keats, ‘A casement high and triple-arch’d there was,/ All garlanded with carven imag’ries/ Of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,/ And diamonded with panes of quaint device…’
  7. The toome road, Seamus Heaney, ‘O charioteers, above your dormant guns,/It…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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