'Aa'

witless
as the lass who went with Krishna
and beheld in his throat
the complete universe,
I would heft into your lap
my daughter, our mootie -
the triangulation point that punctuates infinity;
the diapered Daruma doll, wobbly but equilateral;
cosmic collateral, pyramidal, just apparently small;
hair like loose voltage - stray and sparky straw;
grey-eyed, green-eyed, blue-eyed, pie-eyed,
my Machu Picchu of the Kitchen Floor.
Now, will we visualise
the world? Cell by cell,
Saturn to Sedna, Hells to Valhalla
this and those universes,
aa'


d 'Aa' from Nigh No Place (Bloodaxe, 2008), (c) Jen Hadfield 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield Reading from Her Poems

1Nigh-No-Place

£0.89

2Lucky Seven

£0.89

3The Blokes and Beasties

£0.89

4This is Us Saint's Day

£0.89

5Prenatal Polar Bear

£0.89

6Chatter

£0.89

7Kodachrome

£0.89

8The Mandolin of May

£0.89

9Thou Shalt Want Want Want

£0.89

10Still Life with Longjohns

£0.89

11Paternoster

£0.89

12Ladies and Gentlemen This is a Horse as Magritte Might Paint Him

£0.89

13Burra Moonwalk

£0.89

14Twelve Boreal Lyrics

£0.89

15Thrimlice-Isbister

£0.89

16Our Lady of Isbister

£0.89

17"Aa"

£0.89

18Love's Dog

£0.89

19Self-Portrait as a Fortune-Telling Miracle Fish

£0.89

20Ten-minute break haiku

£0.89

21Daed-traa

£0.89

22Stumba

£0.89

23Bridge End October

£0.89

24GIsh

£0.89

25Blashey-wadder

£0.89

26Glid

£0.89

27Summer Migrants

£0.89

28Hedgehog Hamnavoe

£0.89

29Some Fool Moon Voices

£0.89

30XXI The World

£0.89

31Dog-Days

£0.89

32Orchid Dog

£0.89

33Hey Hey Mr Blue

£0.89

34Ghosty's Almanac

£0.89

35Melodeon on the Road Home

£0.89

36M74 Glasgow to Carlisle

£0.89

37Fructidor/September

£0.89

38Hooymaand/Hay Month/July

£0.89

39Trespass/Saturnalia

£0.89

40Lida Aerra/Joytime/June

£0.89

41Hen Pheasant

£0.89

42Unfledging

£0.89

43Odysseus and the Sou'wester

£0.89

44The Wren

£0.89

45Burra Grace

£0.89

46No snow fell on Eden

£0.89

47First poem for Owl and Sophie

£0.89

48In the Same Way

£0.89

49Cabbage

£0.89

50Iamb

£0.89

Books by Jen Hadfield