This week, our Friday Poem is taken from Cohabitation by Kate Bingham.
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A brisk wit and intelligence characterises these poems by Kate Bingham. Her subjects are friends, family, work, the experiences of any day, but her keen and compassionate focus brings these moments vividly to life. Her gift is a point of view that is startling, moving and humorous.
Reflective and playful, intimate and exuberant, these poems have a wry, deliberate logic of their own which makes Cohabitation an engaging as well as an illuminating first collection.
There were so many flies we spoke in sign language
and wore long socks and sun-glasses for protection.
Just thinking of them as eggs or creamy worms
writhing, unseen, in the flower heads
could make you sick,
but it was a kind of torture, with the grasses deep
and the air so soft,
not to go out into the haze.
A kind of ecstasy to risk bare skin
in the profusion.