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Image by Caroline Forbes

The lost room

Someday I will find it, the lost room,
unlocked along the long forgotten
hallway of the half-remembered
house, whose windows rise moonfully
over an ashen field at the end of a blue

invisible road. And the map I'll fold
will be a grid of bone and blood.
And the master there will know me -
his study grained with memory, kindled
with books eared at the angle

of regret. And there will be a kind
of reconciliation. And the room,
the lost room, will sing silver
in the sky, dangle into dust, and build
itself in other realms I've burned.


unpublished, © Kelly Grovier 2008, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

Kelly Grovier Reading from his Poems

1The shed

2The stars

3The easel of Mantegna

4The ancient of days

5Rodin's Balzac

6Camping Out

7Rain, Steam and Speed

9The lens

10The needle

11Ghosting

12Lost

13The lost room

14The recipe

15Table Saw

16Furcula

17Lacewing

18St Augustine's Abbey

19Conversions

20The astrologers

21The Book of Clues

22Giftings

23Icon

24A spider in Trinity College Chapel

25Fra Angelico

26Les Parapluies

27The triple tree

28Of thought - the train

29Mincing Words

30There

31'Nor even yet quite relinquish'

32The Consolation of Philosophy

33The frequency

34Metaphysics

35Spinnings

36Tractatus

37The night is like a dinosaur

38Via negativa

39April Morning

40The meadow

41Palms

42Wan Hu's flying chair

43Murmuration

44Söl

45Hurricane Alley

46The Ruined Statue of a Saint

47Pancho Villa

Books by Kelly Grovier