English poetry

Poems in English

To Failure

You do not come dramatically, with dragons That rear up with my life between their paws And dash me butchered […]

An Arundel Tomb

Side by side, their faces blurred, The earl and countess lie in stone, Their proper habits vaguely shown As jointed […]

Continuing To Live

Continuing to live that is, repeat A habit formed to get necessaries Is nearly always losing, or going without. It […]


Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me: ‘Why do you let me lie here wastefully? I am all you never had […]

Wedding Wind

The wind blew all my wedding-day, And my wedding-night was the night of the high wind; And a stable door […]

The Whitsun Weddings

That Whitsun, I was late getting away: Not till about One-twenty on the sunlit Saturday Did my three-quarters-empty train pull […]


Strange to know nothing, never to be sure Of what is true or right or real, But forced to qualify […]

The Mower

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found A hedgehog jammed up against the blades, Killed. It had been in the […]

Homage To A Government

Next year we are to bring all the soldiers home For lack of money, and it is all right. Places […]

I Have Started To Say

I have started to say “A quarter of a century” Or “thirty years back” About my own life. It makes […]

Sad Steps

Groping back to bed after a piss I part the thick curtains, and am startled by The rapid clouds, the […]

Wild Oats

About twenty years ago Two girls came in where I worked – A bosomy English rose And her friend in […]

To My Wife

Choice of you shuts up that peacock-fan The future was, in which temptingly spread All that elaborative nature can. Matchless […]

Since The Majority Of Me

Since the majority of me Rejects the majority of you, Debating ends forwith, and we Divide. And sure of what […]

How Distant

How distant, the departure of young men Down valleys, or watching The green shore past the salt-white cordage Rising and […]

Sunny Prestatyn

Come to Sunny Prestatyn Laughed the girl on the poster, Kneeling up on the sand In tautened white satin. Behind […]


At one the wind rose, And with it the noise Of the black poplars. Long since had the living By […]

Triple Time

This empty street, this sky to blandness scoured, This air, a little indistinct with autumn Like a reflection, constitute the […]


There is an evening coming in Across the fields, one never seen before, That lights no lamps. Silken it seems […]


I work all day, and get half-drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the […]

Toads Revisited

Walking around in the park Should feel better than work: The lake, the sunshine, The grass to lie on, Blurred […]


The widest prairies have electric fences, For though old cattle know they must not stray Young steers are always scenting […]

Maiden Name

Marrying left yor maiden name disused. Its five light sounds no longer mean your face, Your voice, and all your […]

Far Out

Beyond the dark cartoons Are darker spaces where Small cloudy nests of stars Seem to float on air. These have […]

Whatever Happened?

At once whatever happened starts receding. Panting, and back on board, we line the rail With trousers ripped, light wallets, […]

For Sidney Bechet

That note you hold, narrowing and rising, shakes Like New Orleans reflected on the water, And in all ears appropriate […]

No Road

Since we agreed to let the road between us Fall to disuse, And bricked our gates up, planted trees to […]

Love Again

Love again: wanking at ten past three (Surely he’s taken her home by now?), The bedroom hot as a bakery, […]

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