Paul Batchelor

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Secret Papers

Secret Papers

Something has splayed
the oak trunk in a dozen knotted tongues.

Nobody heard
the sound it made: would its song,

pure air and fire,
have split the ear?

Or might a tree
slip from its bark

quietly
as a girl steps from her clothes

to stand, stripped to the skin,
secret papers burnt?

Everything conspired.
A singling-out occurred.


from The Sinking Road (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), © Paul Batchelor 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Paul Batchelor

Paul Batchelor Reading from his Poems

1Secret Papers

2Tree Climbing

3Honesty

4Amaryllis Johnsonii

5Butterwell

6Blodeuwedd

7Artemis

8To a Halver

9from The Anatomy Lesson: 1, 3, 6

10To Photograph a Snow Crystal

11Triage

12Lebiyska Mova

13Keening

14A Treat

15Consider the Starlings

16from Tristia: 1, 4, 6

17Conurbation

18Snow Melt

19from Findings: 1, 2, 5

20Comeuppance

21Suibne Recalls his Freedom

22Suibne Returns to Éorann

23Suibne in the Trees

24Moran's Daughter

25The Butcher's Daughter

26Wild Angelica

27The Damned

Books by Paul Batchelor