R o d M e n g h a m
S m i t t e n
Before dawn all the first born
died under the anaesthetic.
Paper, ink, pen and all
started to feel utterly strange
lights go out and this automatically
They named a clinic in Chicago
in the dark of the stem
the square root on which life depends
The casual tourniquet has ceased to turn
hating the mainland as it slips from view
with everlasting moisturiser.
Rod Mengham is the Director of Studies in English at Jesus College, Cambridge, and the publisher of Equipage Press, a leading small publisher of contemporary poetry.
You can obtain a list of Equipage titles by writing to Rod Mengham at Jesus College, Cambridge CB5 8BL, United Kingdom, enclosing return postage.
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