Poem introduction

Here's a little quatrain called:

On Going Deaf

On Going Deaf

I've lost a sense. Why should I care?
Searching myself I find a spare.
I keep that sixth sense in repair
And deftly set it, like a snare.

from Poems 1955 - 2005 (Bloodaxe, 2005), copyright © Anne Stevenson 2005, used by permission of the author


Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson Reading from her Poems

1Poem for a Daughter

2The Spirit is too Blunt an Instrument

3The Suburb

4The Mother

5The Victory

6By the Boathouse, Oxford



9A Surprise on the First Day of School

10Innocence and Experience

11A Marriage

12Arioso Dolente



15Enough of Green

16In the Tunnel of Summers

17North Sea off Carnoustie

18Still Life in Utah

19If I Could Paint Essences

20The Wind, the Sun and the Moon


22Why Take Against Mythology (1)

23Why Take Against Mythology (2)

24The Writer in the Corner

25The Fiction-Makers

26Small Philosophical Poem

27Willow Song

28Granny Scarecrow

29When the camel is dust it goes through the needle's eye

30Impromptu in C Minor

31On Going Deaf

32Talking Sense to my Senses

33Who's Joking with the Photographer?


35Making Poetry