Rookie (February 9th 1948 / London, Westminster SW1)

Martin TURNER Poems

1. November Heritage 3/31/2007
2. Escape From Venice 3/31/2007
3. Teide 6/23/2008
4. Hickling Broad 6/27/2008
5. Fragments From Before The Gaze Of Alphabet 9/20/2008
6. Phoenix Museum Of History 9/26/2004
7. The Master 6/23/2008
8. Lines For Alexander Blok 6/23/2008
9. Tankas For The Memory 6/16/2008
10. Leave-Taking 2/21/2006
11. Dreaming Of The Dead 2/21/2006
12. Evening Music 5/29/2005
13. This Daughterless Night 6/23/2008
14. Root Canals 3/31/2007
15. A Kick Of Light 9/26/2004
16. Atlantic Memoir 9/26/2004

Comments about Martin TURNER

  • Anne Leaver (9/26/2004 7:13:00 AM)

    Hi Martin
    I guess we all got 'edited' - always an opportunity for growth, I say! I'm glad to see your work back here, too. Will spend time reading through this week.

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Best Poem of Martin TURNER

Atlantic Memoir

Night comes and the clenching of teeth.
Gone the ricercare of the birds.
A baroque sky of shell and pearl
gives way to one of dark silk.

Do you remember the man in the brown suit,
sipping his coffee in a shop by the front,
wandering with seven faces in the century’s mirrors,
now fêted in the bars along the sea?

In his verses the sea breathed,
the sea of the sweeping sleeve,
the sea sipping at the land,
the sea washing as an afterthought.

Inscrutable as a cat with the tail of a mouse
still hanging at the corner of its mouth,

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Escape From Venice

No disease, or death here, or Constellation of the Guitar;
no sleep of second childhood.
This intensive care is as orderly
as a circus in which all are acrobats.

The tumbling fills hands and air.
Can the sober matron follow the tottering
velvet hat through the tall crowd?
The city, stilled and digitised, reappears in a solemn wraith.

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