Back in the Benighted Kingdom

I’m sorry to see
my mosquito bumps fade:
the love bites of a continent,
marks of its hot embrace.

If anything is dark,
it’s this damp island
with its sluggish days,
its quieter, subtler ways
of drawing blood.


from A Fold in the Map (Salt/Jacana 2007)), © Isobel Dixon 2007, used by permission of the author

Sponsor this poem

Would you like to sponsor this poem? Find out how here.

Recordings

Isobel Dixon Downloads

1(I Want) Something to Show for It

£0.89

2After Grief

£0.89

3Aliens

£0.89

4Amanzi

£0.89

5And

£0.89

6Back in the Benighted Kingdom

£0.89

7Certus Incertus

£0.89

8Christmas Beetles

£0.89

9Crossing

£0.89

10Dream Song for John Berryman

£0.89

11Into The Wild

£0.89

12Mall Shoal

£0.89

13Meet My Father

£0.89

14Night Skirmishes

£0.89

15Notes Towards Nasturtiums

£0.89

16Plenty

£0.89

17Robinson in Space

£0.89

18Setting Up Experiments

£0.89

19She Comes Swimming

£0.89

20So Many Henries

£0.89

21Struggle

£0.89

22The Snakes

£0.89

23The Tempest Prognosticator

£0.89

24Toktokkie

£0.89

25Truths and Reconciliations

£0.89

26Valentine

No preview avaialable.£0.89

27Whalefall

£0.89

28You, Me and the Orang-utan

£0.89

Books by Isobel Dixon