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Image by Sarah Harrison

A Sloping Pitch

A Sloping Pitch

Was it butane or propane, Gaz
or Triangia? I can never remember
that kind of detail. I do recall
the air heat-wavering like water
above the stove, the ring
of neat blue petals splaying so
compliantly beneath the kettle
and how it had been an uphill struggle
to sleep: someone tearing long strips
from the dark with their snoring,
cars returning late, and the sloping pitch,
the yaw of the ground rolling us together
as if all night rounding a corner at speed.


from A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) © Patrick Brandon 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Patrick Brandon Reading from his poems

1Mountain Man

2Grand Union

3Red on Maroon

4Dolphin

5Higgs Bison

7Flat Dad

7The Night Studio

8Writing from the Imperial Three Star

9Bikini

10The All Night Service Station within the Heart

11Blinkers

12Sade

13Bush Craft

14Lichen

15Leading Man

16Geneva

17Local Sauce

18Stuff

19The Full Kit

20Diamonds

21A Sloping Pitch

22Retro Ascent

23Attic

24Night Signals

25Downsizer

26New World Guest House

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28Clean

29Y

30The Bike

31Pro Rata

32The Lawn

33Boy with Cat in Harness

34Sunday

35Triumph Dolomite

36Oh Yes, Yes ... I Think I Can See it Now

37En Plein Air

38MacGraw and Late McQueen

39Pillow

40Powder

41Howitzer

42Spartacus

43Teen Wolf

Books & cds by Patrick Brandon