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13 Oct17

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The Valley

poetry favourites:
Arvon Foundation
British Council
Poetry School


from ppf online shop…
poem card –
“The Robin and the Egg Cup”
(& in Christmas set)

and shop elsewhere…
pamphlet (forthcoming) –
“Very Selected Poems” Smith|Doorstop;
collections –
“The Weather Wheel”,
“Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011”,
“The Meanest Flower”,
“The Chine”,
“Entries on Light”,
“In White Ink”,





   after Hafez

However large earth’s garden, mine’s enough.
One rose and the shade of a vine’s enough.
I don’t want more wealth, I don’t need more lies.
In the dregs of a glass, truth shines enough.
What can Paradise offer us beggars
And fools? What ecstasy, when wine’s enough?
Come and sit by the stream. Rivers run dry
But to carry their song, a chine’s enough.
For a poet drowned in a world of books,
Any book with a broken spine’s enough.
When you’re here, my love, what more could I want?
Just mentioning love in a line’s enough.
Heaven can wait. Since you opened the gate,
No heaven however divine’s enough.
I’ve no grounds for complaint. As Hafez says,
Isn’t a ghazal that he signs enough?

Mimi Khalvati

in collection The Meanest Flower, 2007, Carcanet,
ISBN 978-1-8575486-8-6