Poem introduction

The next poem reflects on the relationship between body and the world - if you like, the border between the body and the world and it contains the word 'anti-bubble'. Now very simply an anti-bubble is the reverse of a normal bubble in that it's a drop of liquid surrounded by a skin of air and probably surrounded by liquid again so it might be underwater. You can make them if you pour beer skillfully enough.

Deft

Deft

I made a conscious decision in 1988 not to represent my body...It immediately declares female gender and I wanted to be more deft. (Helen Chadwick)

It's as easy to make an antibubble in your own kitchen
as it is to open up a crease in language
and reveal what you couldn't say yesterday.
Just a matter of squirting water onto water
without snapping the surface tension until liquid
surrounds a skin of air, surrounding liquid. My body's
a drop of water. Maybe the imperfections, the proliferating cells
help it refract the full spectrum. These last breaths,
air, water bubbling at my lips. The soap film is my skin:
permeable-for-some-things, membrane, separating-other-things,
this and that, the moving point between, the unsettled
limit, stretching and contracting under the breath
that comes and goes: I am this one, I am that one,
I breathe in and become everything I see.


Unpublished, used by permission of the author, copyright © Jo Shapcott 2006

Recordings

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1Introduction

2Quark

3Pavlova's Physics

4Muse

5Introduction

6Hairless

7Procedure

8Of Mutability

9Iris

10Deft

11Era

12La Serenissima

13Piss Flower

14Introduction

15Gherkin Music

16Sinfonietta for London

17Introduction

18Shapcott's Variation on Schoenberg's orchestration of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Flat major, 'St Anne'

19Concerto

20Colatura

21Night Flight to Muncaster

22Riddle

23The Gods Under the Floor

24Religion for Boys

25Track 25

26The Second Lie

27Gwaithla Brook

28Radnorshire

29Hanter Hill

30Huntington Castle

31Gwaithla Road

32Cefn Hir

33Dolyhir

34Glascwm

35To Muzot from Gladestry

36Song in the Shed

37Newchurch

38Old Radnor

39Colva

40Caety Traylow

41Burl Hill

42Rilke Spotted above Gilwern

43Hergest

44Road Not Available

45Born Off

46Gilwern Lane

47Over the Col

48Wye Marches

49Gilwern Dingle

50Llan

51Gwaithla Garden

52Mountain Ash

53The Third Lie

54Rosa gallica

55Rosa hemisphaerica

56Rosa foetida

57Rosa centifolia

58Rosa nitida

59Rosa arvenis

60Rosa pimpinellifolia

61Rosa glauca

62Rosa sancta

63Rosa sempervirens

64Rosa damascena

65Rosa canina

66Rosa elegantula

67Rosa multiflora

68Rosa mutabilis

69Rosa moschata

70Rosa foliolosa

71Rosa stellata

72Rosa odorata

73Rosa pteracantha

74Rosa Mundi

75The Fifth Lie

Books by Jo Shapcott