Hypnopaedia

Hypnopaedia

As I expounded The Man With the Blue Guitar
my students outwitted me.

Eyes glazed, or averted, they declined
to pick up a single question,
forcing me to drone alone. I was so boring
I fell asleep.

Then a little way off
through the opaque white screens in my head
I started to make out a voice.
It was expounding The Man With the Blue Guitar.

Startled, I awoke, talking. Seven stanzas it had taught
without any prompting from me. Though curious,
I still didn't have enough gall
to check its performance from anybody's notes.


from The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1995-2005 (Bloodaxe, 2005), copyright © Roy Fisher 2005, used by permission of the author and Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

Recordings

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher Reading from his poems

1At the Grave of Asa Benveniste

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2The House on the Border

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3Near Garmsley Camp

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43rd November 1976

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5They Come Home

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6Hypnopaedia

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7Top Down, Bottom Up

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8Abstracted Water

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9Birmingham River

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10The Host

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11Promenade On Down

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12The Collection of Things

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13The Lesson in Composition

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14Butterton Ford

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15The Burning Graves at Netherton

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16Matrix

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17The Six Deliberate Acts

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18Three Ceremonial Poems

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19Handsworth Liberties

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20Staffordshire Red

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21The Trace

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22The Sidings at Drebkau

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23Discovering the Form

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24You Should Have Been There

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25Processional

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26Noted

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