Tuesday, November 27, 2012

News at Eleven: The poem has an apt, assured ending:

"The ravens swoop down and settle among the gorgeous pages of the gospels."

But more often poems end in a wilfully flat manner. Sometimes, this is a recognition that war encourages inarticulacy. He quotes in "The Vallon Men" a soldier: "We have lost a lot of friends/And we have seen a lot of things that are not ideal." And, with that, the poem halts.

The Customs House by Andrew Motion

from The Guardian: The Customs House by Andrew Motion--review


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