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Something About

Something About

A poem set in Dublin, St Stephen's Green

Something About

those huge black canvases in Newman's
church, St Stephen's Green -- restoration
botched perhaps -- Raphael Cartoons,
copies, loved by Newman, quite gone out.

Something about,
outside, Joyce's head, too silver sharp,
too shrunk, facing stone steps he argued up
of the house where Hopkins sweated, found his heart,
his shaping spirit, turned 'widow of an insight
lost' (which we know something about).

Something about
a pigeon flight above the little lake, dark then white
as they turn as one bird and repeat
black into white (as ruined paint will not)
nine times precisely and like one bird depart.

Strange the fate –
insight spoiled, wanting rhymes too neat,
whichever way we think, wherever look –
to snuffle like setters in a winter garden
excitedly nosing old leaves, mortally certain
there is (certainly was -- night's odorous traffic)

something, somewhere, about.


from Something About (Carcanet Press, 2004), copyright © P J Kavanagh 2004, used by permission of the author and the publisher

Recordings

P J Kavanagh Reading from his poems

1Dedication Poem

2Yeats's Tower

3The Spring

4On The Way to the Depot

5Perfection Isn't Like a Perfect Story

6One

7November the First

8The Clapham Elephants

9Dome

10A Single Tree

11Gardening

12Beyond Decoration

13Late Acknowledgement

14One Sentence, and Another

15A Ghost Replies

16They Lift Their Heads

17Minimal Prayer Suggestion

18Natural History

19Resistance

20ITMA

21In the Middle of the Wood

22Message

23Beside the Sea

24Slow as Grass

25Whitsun

26Vox Pop

27Dawns

28Thanks

29Something About

Books by PJ Kavanagh