Image by Alastair Reid

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.

Recordings

Alastair Reid Reading from his Poems

1A Lesson in Music

2Curiosity

3Where Truth Lies

4Growing, Flying, Happening

5Scotland

6Once in Piertarvit

7Whithorn Manse

8Mediterranean

9Speaking a Foreign Language

10The Rain in Spain

11The Figures on the Frieze

12In Such a Poise is Love

13Quarrels

14An Instance

15Outlook Uncertain

16Cat-Faith

17James Bottle's Year

18The O-Filler

19Stalemate

20Directions for a Map

21The Academy

22The Spiral

23Daedalus

24My Father Dying

25Weathering

Books by Alastair Reid