and in the shop…
“The Print Museum”
‘Poets work with two materials,
one’s black, one’s white.’
Glyn Maxwell, On Poetry
They say the weight of a full Kindle
is as slight as the weight of a soul,
that the substance of a Tweet
decays in just three hours:
do words weigh less in cyberspace?
Once even the gaps between words
were leaden, and each unremarked
space shouldered its own packed mass:
the same way the rooms in my house
still bear the shapes of moved furniture.
All absences hold their own
weight – the same way the silence
sings after the song, or the way
you might knock every minute against,
and find your life shaped by, a want.