Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

IN THE REVIEW

Rite of Passage

When he steals into my body’s old temple My subversive lover stands For a minute of silence Before his dance of death begins With the beating of drums Followed by the stillness of a lotus on a pond And the sound of a woodpecker …

The Afterlife

Two swans take off from the wind-ruffled Water of a pond below my hexagon And a heron glides down to poise on a rock In a clump of reeds and waterlilies. With his long grey neck stretched out he sees All the eyes in …

Sri Lanka

Being nearly heart-shaped made me seem a ham    On early spice trade navigators’ charts    Tinctured with cinnamon, peppered with forts, To be eaten up under a strong brand name Like Taprobane, Serendib, Tenarisim—    Copper-palmed lotus island slave resorts—    And I succumbed to lordly polished …

Letterfrack Industrial School

Bog-brown glens, mica schist rocks, waterfalls Gulching down screes, a rain-logged mountain slope With scrawny pine-trees twisted by mad gales, They see from my ball-yard, and abandon hope. Wild boys my workshops chasten and subdue Learn here the force of craft. Few can escape …

Last Exit to Nature

New Selected Poems

by Ted Hughes

Remains of Elmet

poems by Ted Hughes, photographs by Fay Godwin
Ted Hughes is surviving. Four volumes of his poetry, and three critical studies of his work, have been published in the last three years. His New Selected Poems has recently appeared. Including all of Selected Poems 1957-1967, and a few good surprises, it draws from seven subsequent volumes, taking more …

Fierce Games

Selected Poems 1950-1975

by Thom Gunn
There are six full garbage bags at his feet, beside a burned-out barbecue and an empty case of Coca-Cola. Over a black T-shirt and jeans, a sleeveless leather jacket shows a panther tattooed on his right forearm. An incomplete growth of beard suggests he might be auditioning for the part …

Tony White

   Growing, he saw his friends increase    Their incomes, houses, families,    And saw this growth as a disease Nothing but unpossessive love could cure. Possessing nothing, he was not possessed    By things or people, as we are.    His granite chimney breast Warmed friend or …