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Seduction Poem

Seduction Poem

I want the slew of muscle, a less
cerebral meeting place: no word
but your male shout, the shirred
unpublic face and honest skin
crying to me, yes,
the mouthless, eyeless tenderness
crying to be let in.

Unbutton all your weight, like a bird
flying the night's starred nakedness:
put down your grammatical tongue, undress
your correct and social skin:
come white and absurd
all your language one word
crying to be let in.


from The Common Flesh: Poems 1980-2002 (Arc Publications, 2003), copyright © Alison Croggon 2003, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

Alison Croggon Reading from her poems

1from Domestic Art (1990)

2from Howl: 2,3

3Seduction Poem

4Emily Bronte

5Billie Holiday

6The Edgeless Page

7Songs of a Quiet Woman

8Notes

9Two Sonnets

10The Elwood Organic Fruit and Vegetable Shop

11Angels

12Bird

13from Divinations

14Cuneiforms

15Afterwards

16A Unicorn

17Chekhov in Sakhalin

18Leaves

19Amplitudes

Books by Alison Croggon