Poem introduction

This poem is called 'Hairless' and it celebrates being bald.

Hairless

Can the bald lie? The nature of the skin says not:
it's newborn-pale, erection-tender stuff,
every thought visible, - pure knowledge,
mind in action - shining through the skull.
I saw a woman, hairless absolute, cleaning.
She mopped the green floor, dusted bokshelves,
all cloth and concentration, Queen of the room.
You can tell, with the bald, that the air
speaks to them differently, touches their heads
with exquisite expression. As she danced
her laundry dance with the motes, everything
she ever knew skittered under her scalp.
It was clear just from the texture of her head,
she was about to raise her arms to the sky;
I covered my ears as she prepared to sing, roar.


Unpublished, used by permission of the author, copyright © Jo Shapcott 2006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