Poem introduction

This poem was written for the birth of my cousin's daughter.

And let us say

And let us say

That if the linen flapped too loud
The washing line was taken down

And if a shopdoor bell was rung
Its tongue was held with cotton thumbs

And if a milkfloat tattled by
It was flagged down and held aside

And should the rivers drown us out
We had them dammed at every mouth

And coughed our engines gently off
And wrapped our tyres in woollen socks

And sat awhile on silent roads
Or dawdled home in slippered shoes

And did not sound but held our tongues
And watched our watches stop, and startle on.


from Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004), © Matthew Hollis 2004, used by permission of the author and Bloodaxe Books.

Recordings

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1Wintering

2The Orchard Underwater

3Clearance

4The Fielder

5The Small Rain Down Can Rain

6The River Drivers

7Nymph

8Winter Break

9'not even the leaves'

10Skin Contact

11In you more than you

12Hi-Fidelity

13The Sour House

14Isostasy

15It Rains During the Night

16Sandwriting

17And let us say

18Harwonder

19Blink

20Two Kinds

21Wake

22Here Are Some Words

23Election

24Fake

25Making a Killing

26One Man Went to Mow

27Our Father

28The Wash

27Passing Place

30The Stoneman

31One

Books by Matthew Hollis