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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

and did it frighten you
that stench in the dark heart of the flower
you pinned behind your ear

and did your skull eat out through your beauty
every time they pressed their faces in you
seeing in your drowning face how their flesh collapsed inside you
and how the pure note hardened like a child
and wouldn't give in you
even after everything was given


from The Common Flesh: Poems 1980-2002 (Arc Publications, 2003), copyright © Alison Croggon 2003, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

Alison Croggon Reading from her poems

1from Domestic Art (1990)

2from Howl: 2,3

3Seduction Poem

4Emily Bronte

5Billie Holiday

6The Edgeless Page

7Songs of a Quiet Woman

8Notes

9Two Sonnets

10The Elwood Organic Fruit and Vegetable Shop

11Angels

12Bird

13from Divinations

14Cuneiforms

15Afterwards

16A Unicorn

17Chekhov in Sakhalin

18Leaves

19Amplitudes

Books by Alison Croggon