Don Paterson

(1963 - / Dundee / Scotland)

Poems of Don Paterson

1. My Love 3/15/2012
2. Poetry 1/1/2004

Poetry

In the same way that the mindless diamond keeps
one spark of the planet's early fires
trapped forever in its net of ice,
it's not love's later heat that poetry holds,
but the atom of the love that drew it forth
from the silence: so if the bright coal of his love
begins to smoulder, the poet hears his voice
suddenly forced, like a bar-room singer's -- boastful
with his own huge feeling, or drowned by violins;

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