About the Poem
About the poet
Paul Batchelor (b. 1977) has received several awards for his poetry including an Eric Gregory...
Something has splayed
the oak trunk in a dozen knotted tongues.
the sound it made: would its song,
pure air and fire,
have split the ear?
Or might a tree
slip from its bark
as a girl steps from her clothes
to stand, stripped to the skin,
secret papers burnt?
A singling-out occurred.
from The Sinking Road (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), © Paul Batchelor 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.
Paul Batchelor Reading from his Poems