Original love was a sentimental love song which whenplayed backwards said "Satan is my friend forever,motherfucker." stirring the birds in black and twittering trees My breasts have fed Zimbabwes, suckled Pyramids to live-together: for, sober, we fashion schemes so very neat If I am closed and like a covered well, then let me out brown honey wets my rounded lips, my love Dorothy had her own, shy, occluded brilliance, the gift that Keats described as “that trembling, delicate and snail-horn perception of Beauty”. The enigma of creativity – whence does inspiration spring? Sing of my rivers: Niger, Congo, Nile a mare of Pharaohs chariot am I, a dark one The heart shudders with pure mission. Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlager is considered the greatest of Danish poets. A poem about the failure to walk the walk as a parent. two bags of myrrh beside each other laid with care I walk down the street. He writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown (. The older man became withdrawn and solitary. Nicolson, whose method is “to lower myself into the pool of their minds”, paints a memorable triptych of the two poets and their Dolly in nonstop discussion about nature, art and life itself, carried away, in Coleridge’s account, with “an ebullient Fancy, a flowing Utterance, a light and dancing Heart, and a disposition to catch fire”.
modelled my sight; and God in deepest silence The future scintillates around our brittlest hut, 46 over in his mind, the meteorites, the primal moulds When the poets were not at home, they were walking and talking, sometimes 20, 40, even 70 miles at a stretch, often “by the light of the good moon”.
I’ll be an oasis to you in this blazing land and full – fullness always being black, 7 And I remember one nearly perfectevening when my spirit turned around and around like a planetspinning and circling around all the days and years whichI thought would never come, the original love that keptthe bees from stinging and the jar shut tight. She spreads & knows herself as Adam, Ometéotl, but through himself, Omecíhuatl, he is Eve. When Lyrical Ballads finally came out, the launch was, in Nicolson’s summary, “a publishing shambles”. A poem grounded in the horrors of mental illness, by an iconic writer. English literature has many such magic moments: 1599 – the year of Hamlet, As You Like It and Julius Caesar – is one; 1922 – the publication of Ulysses and The Waste Land – another. This is Adam Nicholson’s subject in The Making of Poetry. © Poems are the property of their respective owners.
and the wind that blows over my ageless plains Whether about animals, family life, or goofy people, they're all guaranteed to crack a … the fine flute of my throat, my fingers’ strings,
whose quiet raises in the heart a storm: Men lose themselves in me – those found are few A voice whispers from clumps of coconut Adam poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
The poem celebrates his walks in Laugharne, a small Welsh town where Thomas and his wife settled following their marriage in 1937.
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My earth is wide and far. Some, oh if only some you’ll understand All rights reserved. on Futa Jalon, Mount Tahat: my laughter,
I am lost… I am helpless.
Nicolson has long nurtured a penchant for “great literature” (books on Homer and the King James Bible) and our landscape (Sissinghurst, the Somerset Levels and the national coastline). oh you, don’t fear to burn, or blow, or to be mine • The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels by Adam Nicolson is published by William Collins (£25). Quatrains by Adam Small, Fifty quatrains this joyous and warm wound filled full with blood Finding themselves in me, however, they are new, 19 My nights are a cover like curtains of Solomon
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