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

Root Canals

It’s all very well for you,
straight as a canoe or arrow,
to leap from your speeding bicycle into the air –
to follow a new vector in a thin medium;
but for us who could hardly bear
to greet or regard your so-stable coffin
only a few feet from where you should be sitting,
life, always a strain, is now more so,
a wending through the motions
of serving trays to the elderly,
walking a small dog, or otherwise
having our lives bent unwillingly towards others.

Forty-seven years ago you landed,
cocky, abrasive and eight years old
in our class ...

Read the full of Root Canals

Dreaming Of The Dead

From time to time the dead come
for their allotted meeting like prisoners,
jostling, and sit on the bench to wait.
The hands of the carver
recognise each face.

My father is among them.
To him I go first, assuring him
that he is always first for me,
as if he needed
this reassurance.

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