Sebastian Barker

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Rosaceous Wonders

Rosaceous Wonders

Tread the cottage grapes to wine,
ascend the cellar stair,
Sit down with me tonight and dine,
there is a purpose here.

I knew you in the days before
we had our stab at being wise.
The rain falls on the roof, the floor
comes as no surprise.

Tell me, did you learn a thing
or two, or did the blood
Prohibit consubstantial learning,
a vicious abstinence your mood?

See the trees provide the flower
forgiving what we all have done,
Administer the simple power
of roses in the garden sun.

O rosaceous wonders on
the gilt of evening, speak to me,
And be the understanding gone
from lilacs, perfect artistry.

from The Erotics of God (Enitharmon, 2004), copyright © Sebastian Barker 2004, used by permission of the author and publisher


Sebastian Barker

Sebastian Barker Reading from his Poems

1Tilty Mill

2The Green Aphis

3The War of Watch and Pen



6The Walled Garden

7On the Rocks

8Before the Time of the Sundial 1, 3, 4, 8

9The Hand in the Well

10Go, Gracious Words




14The Light on the River

15In the Cradle of the Poets

16Visitation in the Mountains


18Spring Day Near Reepham

19A Sealed Box for Xanthi

20Strike the Lovely Dumb

21Undone by Love

22Drinking Song

23A Love Song to Eros

24Being Here

25The Sage of the Cambrian Mountains

26The Dancing Crocodile

27Curriculum Vitae


29A Book

30Young Woman Dancing

31A Small Ballet of Light

32The Lilies of the Field


34Take hands. The moon

35On the Anvil of the Tongue

36The Visitors

37Tell of the Sad Derangement of the Mind


39Holy the Heart on which We Hang Our Hope

40In the Valley of the Moselle

41The Rites Mysterious

42The Uncut Stone

43The Conscience of the Real

44Walk with Me

45The Fluting Trumpeteer

46The Elderberry Tree

47The Articles of Prayer

48Rosaceous Wonders

49The Stranger in the Pass

50For Eddie Linden on his 70th Birthday

51For Glyn Hughes on His 70th Birthday

52Spirit of the River

Books by Sebastian Barker