as gods play on sanctus strings
healing fingers bring liquid upon you
spilt down after down cliff after
cliff without plan to basin a place to rest to rust from
one hour to next in salts
silt scatter of light and elect
pain is not granted to us
prayer thrives in lit air O
holy spirits you walk up there
by Andrew Bailey
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'Hydrotherapy' is copyright © Andrew Bailey, 2012, and reprinted from his book Zeal, published by Enitharmon Books in 2012.
Notes from Enitharmon:
In Zeal, Andrew Bailey honours the moments
in which the everyday face of the world slips for a second. Dream, myth,
faith or intoxication will lead you there; but these glimmers can
intrude upon a life when they are least expected. With a poetic eye
alert to these moments and roots in the work of Redgrove, Raine, Hopkins
and Blake, Bailey's writing follows an unselfconscious and fascinating
path toward the more than quotidian. Penelope Shuttle called Zeal
'[a] notable début', observing that '[e]lements of earth, air, fire and
water are the presiding spirits of this collection, poems that explore
transactions between a strongly realised physical world and inward
experience. Fluid tactile language is tempered here by stringent
observation and wit.' You can find out more about the collection on the Enitharmon site, and follow Andrew Bailey's work on his blog and on Twitter.
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