Poem introduction

The British Council has supported these recordings as part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Two

These two, if two, can only half-exist,

their being so lost, so inwardly inclined 

that were somehow the universal mind 

to make its inventory, they would be missed,

their bodies having slipped between the hours

and dropped down to this silent underland,

the white torque of their sheet still in her hand 

like the means of their escape. From the light purse

of their mouths, they pass their only coin 

endlessly, so none may buy or sell. 

Each has drawn so long and drank so deep

from the other's throat or root, they cannot tell

tongue from tail or end from origin.

Sleep will halve them so they will not sleep.

 

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Recordings

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1Nil Nil

2Bedfellows

3Poem

4An Elliptical Stylus

5Sunset, Visingso

6The Eyes

7Siesta

8Candlebird

9On Going to meet a Zen master...

10Imperial

11The Lover

12God's Gift to Women

13Buggery

14A Private Bottling

1511:00 Baldova

16The Scale of Intensity

17Addenda

18Prologue

19Luing

20The Thread

21Waking with Russell

22St. Brides: Sea-Mail

23The Hunt

24The Wreck

25Letter to the Twins

26Twinflooer

27The Fraud

28Sliding on Loch Ogil

29Zen Sang at Dayligaun

30The Landing

31The White Lie

Books by Don Paterson