This week our Friday poem is ‘For a Foot’ by Kathryn Gray, taken from her 2004 debut collection, The Never-Never.
Propelling us from the rain-lashed back-streets and housing estates of Wales, to London, California and beyond, the poems of The Never-Never offer us unique tales of friendship, love and loss, of exile and the distant promise of home. Gray’s accessible style in which she combines playful and serious, allusive and direct with an intellectual wit, makes for an extremely readable collection.
In ‘For a Foot’, the speaker reminisces about a one-legged figure, fierce and ferocious, and the prosthesis that hid their lost limb, obscuring ‘What happens at the bare knuckle/ of life’.
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