Alastair Reid

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Where Truth Lies

Where Truth Lies

Maps, once made,
leave the impression of a place gone dead.

Words, once said,
anchor the fevers in the head.

Vows, once taken,
fade in the shadows of a place forsaken.

Oh, understand
how the mind's landscape forms from shifting sand,

how where we are
is partly solid ground, part head-in-air,

a twilit zone
where changing flesh and changeless ghost are one,

and what is true
lies between you and the idea of you -

a friction,
restless, between the fact and the fiction.

from Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations (Polygon, 2008), © Alastair Reid 1978, 2008 used by permission of the author.


Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid Reading from his Poems

1A Lesson in Music


3Where Truth Lies

4Growing, Flying, Happening


6Once in Piertarvit

7Whithorn Manse


9Speaking a Foreign Language

10The Rain in Spain

11The Figures on the Frieze

12In Such a Poise is Love


14An Instance

15Outlook Uncertain


17James Bottle's Year

18The O-Filler


20Directions for a Map

21The Academy

22The Spiral


24My Father Dying


Books by Alastair Reid