James Fenton

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Blood and Lead

Listen to what they did.
Don't listen to what they said.
What was written in blood
Has been set up in lead.

Lead tears the heart.
Lead tears the brain.
What was written in blood
Has been set up again.

The heart is a drum.
The drum has a snare.
The snare is in the blood.
The blood is in the air.

Listen to what they did.
Listen to what's to come.
Listen to the blood.
Listen to the drum.

From New Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006), copyright © James Fenton 2006, used by permission of the author and the publisher.


James Fenton

James Fenton Reading From His Poems

1For Andrew Wood


3Out of the East

4Children in Exile

5Blood and Lead


7The Milkfish Gatherers

8The Ballad of the Shrieking Man

9Cut-Throat Christ

10The Mistake

11Out of Danger

12The Skip

13In Paris with You

14I'll Explain

15The Possibility


17Here Come the Drum Majorettes!

18Yellow Tulips