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31st Jan 12

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and in the shop…
collection –
pamphlet –
“Sonnets for my Mother”
Hearing Eye;
in anthologies –
“I am twenty people!”
“Entering the Tapestry”
“In the Company of Poets”
“Images of Women”
“This little stretch of life”




Inside the Telephone Kiosque

I’ve decided to bring my Dictionary of Etymology. I start with oxymoron. No. I start by watching the two roads: The Overcliffe passes my bedroom window and St. James’s Street gives access to my door. I never see anything suspicious from my sentry-box. I know I’m being watched and look up paradox (Gk. paradoxos ‘contrary to expectation’). Every now and then I step out to let someone make a call. The advantage of a reference book is that it doesn’t attract attention. While East of Eden might aggravate, Sonnets to Orpheus would surely invite a smashed window and that’s precisely why I’m here. Serendipity: coined by Horace Walpole … in a letter to Horace Mann … from the Persian fairy tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’, whose heroes were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of. Last week the police came. They examined the airgun pellets in the wall and boarded up the window and the door. I flick to P […]:from Gk. psykhe ‘mind’ + pathos ‘suffering’.

Lucy Hamilton

published in collection, Stalker, 2012, Shearsman, ISBN 978-1-848612-24-2;
Shearsman Magazine, 2011;
and This Line is Not for Turning: An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon, 2012)