Losing

Losing

We lose each other everywhere:
the children in department stores
return as parents, fils et père
collide by the revolving doors.

The pavements' litter, burning flakes
of bonfires, tickets and franked stamps,
the fragile image drops and breaks,
the fugitive awakes, decamps.

The carriages uncouple, trucks
return unladen, suits appear
on vacant charitable racks,
the shelves of darkened stockrooms clear,

skin lifts and peels. A cake of soap.
The human lamps, the nails, the hair,
the scrapbooks' chronicles of hope
that lose each other everywhere.


from The Budapest File (Bloodaxe, 2000), copyright © George Szirtes 2000, used by permission of the author and Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

Recordings

George Szirtes Reading from his poems

1The Accordionist

2Losing

3The Photographer in Winter 1

4The Swimmers

5Rain

6National Anthem

7Soil

8Pearl Grey

9Copper Brown

10Keighley

11Orgreave

12Preston North End

13Death by Meteor

14Noir

15Meeting Austerlitz

16Piano

17Comical Roses in a Cubic Vase

18Water

19Prayer for my Daughter

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