Poetry Centre

Weekly Poem for 30 November 2009

  • From ‘Stillness’

    In darkness let your fan of fingers open,
    imagine amethyst’s purple crystals
    at a geode’s heart liquifying to honey
    until your face muscles loosen, your shoulders,
    which have borne so much, begin to unlock
    and stillness is a quilt over your body,
    a feather lining within. Now the tock
    of pulse emerges and breath passes quietly
    as a slippered friend. Beyond the house tyres
    whirr on tarmac and geese call as they rush
    the sky. The grief of the bereaved will push
    into your room and nameless losses sustained
    by the displaced. Hold silence and you may hear
    rain on fruitless fields, grasses rising again.

    by Myra Schneider

    © Myra Schneider, 2008

    Circling the Core is the most recent collection of Myra Schneider's prolific writing career, which has encompassed children's fiction as well as ten poetry collections. 'Stillness', the long poem from which this is a complete part, is indicative of her sensitive explorations – often situated within nature – which she performs through sympathetically inhabiting her subjects. The result is sensuous and intricate verse, aided by the technical brilliance which has made Schneider a poet loved by poets. You can find out more about Myra Schneider here.

    Enitharmon Press takes its name from a William Blake character who represents spiritual beauty and poetic inspiration. Founded in 1967 with an emphasis on independence and quality, Enitharmon has been associated with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Kathleen Raine. Enitharmon also commissions internationally renowned collaborations between artists, including Gilbert & George, and poets, including Seamus Heaney, under the Enitharmon Editions imprint. Discover more about Enitharmon here.