Poem introduction

After Heartease New England, for Lorna, that’s Lorna Goodison.

After Heartease New England

After Heartease New England

It’s not no bird
trapped underneath no bridge
it is a soul bird
wheeling towards a springe

Lord teach wings how
in the stark silence of these evenings
in the fine chiselled rock spaces
to fold and nest

‘use me oh Lord
use even me…’

for I have heard
so faintly given
the soft/loud cry
for small/large ease

the blue note given
the bird
with swollen throat
receives and gives
the perfect yellow note

"After Heartease New England", from And Caret Bay Again: New & Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2012), first published in Crown Point and Other Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 1988) (Alt+0169) Velma Pollard 1998, used by permission of the author and the publisher.


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1Crown Point




3After Cages


5Belize Suite

6To Gran … And No Farewell


8Caret Bay I

9Caret Bay II

10At Raw, Sunday

11Conversation (Again?)

12After Heartease New England

13The Best Philosophers I Know Can’t Read And Write

14Marine Turtle


16Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You a Shirt



19At The Hortobagy Near Debrecen

20Trento IV: On the corner

21Cut Language!

22It Is The Dying Time

23War Child


25While the Sap Flows

26View Up Through Her Window

27Country Music

28At Cienfuegos I

29After Lamour

30Lethal Yellowing


32Not in the Loo

33Caret Bay (again?)

34Estate Home