Glyn Maxwell

(1962 / Welwyn Garden City)

Glyn Maxwell Poems

1. Brief History of Sport 6/24/2015
2. The Only Work 6/29/2015
3. Joey Awake Now 7/8/2015
4. Old Smile at the Roast 10/7/2017
5. Museum 10/7/2017
6. A PLAY OF THE WORD 10/7/2017
7. HOMETOWN MYSTERY CYCLE 10/7/2017
8. FLAGS AND CANDLES 10/7/2017
9. THE LION'S FACE 10/7/2017
Best Poem of Glyn Maxwell

The Only Work

In memory of Agha Shahid Ali

When a poet leaves to see to all that matters,
nothing has changed. In treasured places still
he clears his head and writes.

None of his joie-de-vivre or books or friends
or ecstasies go with him to the piece
he waits for and begins,

nor is he here in this. The only work
that bonds us separates us for all time.
We feel it in a handshake,

a hug that isn't ours to end. When a verse
has done its work, it tells us there'll be one day
nothing but the verse,

and it tells us this the ...

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