Poem introduction

Every poet has his or her own definition of poetry. When my daughter Pippa asked me what a poem was, I told her

A poem is

something that someone is saying
no louder, Pip, than my 'goodnight' -
words with a tune, which outstaying
their speaker travel as far
as that amazing, vibrant light
from a long-extinguished star.


from Rounding the Horn (Carcanet 1998), © Jon Stallworthy 1998, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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1A poem is

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2The Source

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3After ‘La Desserte’

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4Breakfast in Bed

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5Elegy for a mis-Spent Youth

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6The Postman

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7The Almond Tree

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8At the Church of St John Baptist, Preston Bissett

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9News from Home

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10Patchwork

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11The Tuscan

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12The Departure

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13The Arrival

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14The Beginning

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15The Trials

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16At Falealili. Marriage with Miss Darling

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17One for the Road

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18June 1977

19A Letter from Berlin

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20A Word with The Baas

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21The Nutcracker

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22Constancy

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23Pour Commencer

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