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1st Mar 11

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and in the shop…
collections –
“Double Exposure”
Westwords;

“All Wings and Bones”
(with Bob Devereux)
Spaces Literature;

“Aubergine is a Gravid Woman”
Headland Publications;

“Saving Dragons”
and
“Time’s Doppelgänger”
Oversteps Books

 

 
PATRICIA BISHOP (       -2015)
 

 

 

Homecoming

The sea beaches its latest find,
a brindled body.
 
He had been human before small crabs
found the crannies of his eyes
and brisling floated in and out
his natural orifices.
 
Let him lie
in the sun.
 
There are traces of thick brown hair,
the cast of a face
and I watch and the tide draws out
and the hours pass.
 
Let him lie
till dark thickens
 
bring candles to guard
from further ravishes
and when he sees the stars
and feels again the shallow moon
lighten and gentle his poor fish body,
 
we’ll bury him.
 

Patricia Bishop

published in Odyssey,
BBC Arts Council Award, Radio 3 broadcast,
and anthologies, Poetry Can and East of Auden