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Andy Brown is Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at Exeter University. His recent books are Fall 0f the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 (Salt, 2006) and Goose Music, co-written with John Burnside (Salt, 2007). Previous books are Hunting the Kinnayas (Stride, 2004), From a Cliff (Arc, 2002) and of Science (Worple, 2001, with David Morley). He edited The Allotment: New Lyric Poets (Stride, 2006) and Binary Myths: Volumes 1&2 (2nd edition, Stride, 2004). Andy Brown was originally an Ecologist, a discipline that informs both his poetry and his criticism, which appears in The Salt Companion to the Works of Lee Harwood (Salt, 2007).
STRETCH OF DIRT ROAD
because our prints are faded
mean the path’s not there.
hidden trails our memories are
with bump endlessly along:
crunch of our feet; the rattle
our wheels; our skittish horses
away in thunderbursts.
but the sky is so blue!)
those who live along the way,
lends weight to memory.
future will surely be different,’
say, ‘brighter; clearer?’ But time
too easily on us, like mist
a valley, already dark on approach.
this the route we meant to travel,
we reconnoitered the mainland;
place we now call ‘Home’ assisting us
remember the dead and welcome in
living? We might have occasion
follow them; to spend the night
an abandoned church, a decrepit
but it isn’t arrival that matters,
the ways we find to be whilst there:
of survival on mountains…
THE LANGUAGE NEST
reason with our children in your mother’s tongue –
laughter flying like flags – whilst mine
its weight as if in a wood chopping logs.
I am done with working it,
sit on the steps of the temple
your conversation and let it float
your words are clouds and, theirs?
words are cloud shadows
across the fells of my nature;
answers more than grace notes
this counterpoint of curiosity.
have made of them bright insects,
as if the swarm of words
gave warmth; a green light to the back of silence.
copyright © Andy Brown