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.

The Trick

In a wasted time, it’s only when I sleep

that all my senses come awake. In the wake

of you, let day not break. Let me keep

the scent, the weight, the bright of you, take

the countless hours and count them all night through

till that time comes when you come to the door

of dreams, carrying oranges that cast a glow

up into your face. Greedy for more

than the gift of seeing you, I lean in to taste

the colour, kiss it off your offered mouth.

For this, for this, I fall asleep in haste,

willing to fall for the trick that tells the truth

     that even your shade makes darkest absence bright,

     that shadows live wherever there is light.

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Recordings

Imtiaz Dharker

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1Speech Balloon

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2Purdah

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3The Haunted House

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4The Child Sings

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5Postcards from god I

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6Postcards from god II

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7Scaffolding

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8Question 1 / Question 2

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9Eggplant

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10Living Space / One Breath

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11Blessing

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12This room

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13Honour killing

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14The right word

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15Kinna sona

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16A place called Battle

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17How to cut a pomegranate

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18Women bathing

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19Tow-Path

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20Spire

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21Leaving fingerprints

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22Contract

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23Hand of Fatima, Hand of Miriam

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24Eye

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25Whoever you are

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26Talisman / CCTV

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27The temporary face

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28Dabba's dialogue or Tiffin-box talks

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29What she said / what she said later

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30What the palm reader said then

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31What they think she said

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32They'll say, 'She must be from another country.'

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