By Lawrence Durrell
Lawrence Durrell's luck as a novelist can have tended to imprecise his success as a poet and in poetry. it's basically as a lyrical poet of locations that he was once stated to excel, yet in gathered Poems will probably be discovered that the diversity of feeling and concepts, of wit and event, and likewise of favor, is notable. the entire quantity is charged with Durrell's reaction to the 'spirit of place', that is certainly one of this unheard of presents as a author. 'They diversity from affecting and gorgeous love poems to skilful, succinct graphics and strong ballads . . . wealthy in ideas.' -- Alan Ross 'As a lyrical poet . . . he's the equivalent of Auden.' -- Gavin Ewart 'Durrell's poetry compels the top commonplace of judgement . . . The impact of examining him is to have one's love of poetry rekindled . . . real lifestyles, actual emotion, actual art.' -- John Wain
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One night I take a walk on the wing. My heels click over the titanium as in safe cracking. Looking up it’s easy to think, improbable is not impossible. Looking down I see the undiminished waves of vagabondage press the surface like vines guided by psalms. 27 Just before Halloween we have our ﬁrst leaper. The only shock is that it took this long. ” Later, near the tail ﬂaps (the smoker’s Elba) a DNA copyright attorney tells me he witnessed, too. ” His face is elmer and freckled with pugilistic light from the ﬁn strobes.
The cat was absent a whole day. But I believe that she was still here, just hiding. Every void describes a world. Every void describes a word. Somewhere in an elegy the odds must appear. Where are you making away with our things? We joke about another dimension. I have not mentioned your certain culpability. I’m not sure of my wife’s opinion on ghosts. A crow coughs the rotten ash. The tree looks like a scroll dying to unroll and announce your perfect attendance. I will never forget the day before we met.
The bartender passes us our pharmacopoeias. Our distance is extenuating, our gerunds ﬂare like knuckled stars. Over the jukebox Freud warbles, My brush hairs are tines, watch your Prussian blue eyes. Our favorite! A sign? You order a Cosmic Trance while I opt for a Compromised Stanislavski. Neat. “Never seek spontaneity with a scorecard,” you say. I see horns growing from the driftwood paneled walls. The bartender berates a rack of elk, he calls this— obtaining an echo. Let’s let our abdomens exult, Lucien croons.
Collected Poems 1931-74 by Lawrence Durrell