Original Residents

Original Residents

We're back, walking through the garden
while you sleep - tutting over your decking

and water feature, parting the leaves
of spiked plants bedded in shale,

where once, sore-backed, we dug for victory.
We miss the neat rows of cabbages,

the onions we flourished from the earth,
the white potatoes, pocked with eyes.

Inside, we brush against your clothes,
shocked you should need so many.

You don't sew, make do and mend, but heap
last year's shirts in black bags. Where are

your button jars, your slivers of saved soap?
Your radiators tick in the warm, still air.

We peel back your fat duvets. What soft skin,
we think, what soft, soft hands you have.


from Lip (Smith Doorstop, 2007), © Catherine Smith 2007, used by permission of the author and The Poetry Business.

Recordings

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith Reading from her poems

1How It All Started

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2Losing it to David Cassidy

3Back

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4The Fathers

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5The Ewe

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6The Set of Optics You Wouldn't Let Me Buy in Portobello Road Market, September, 1984

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7Heckmondwike

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8Blue Egg

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9Simulacrum

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10The Biting Point

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11Snakebite

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12Smoking and Reading Nietzsche in the Kardomah

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13Ascension

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14Baptism

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15Cut

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16Colin Pepper I Luv U

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17Original Residents

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18Sleep

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19The New Bride

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20Australia

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21Calculation

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22Cast

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23Feral

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24Hover

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25Fontanelle

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26Night

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27Marcus

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28Postulant

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29Nectar

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30Twin

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31What's Required After a Day Teaching Poetry to Nine Year Olds

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32Doors

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33With Love, and the Date

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34Prayers

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35The World is Ending Pass the Vodka

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Books by Catherine Smith