Philip Booth

Philip Booth Poems

First Lesson

Lie back daughter, let your head
be tipped back in the cup of my hand.
Gently, and I will hold you. Spread
your arms wide, lie out on the stream


As long as you
know you don't know,
not knowing's not
what hurts,


 as gate stripes swing down
  count the cars hauling distance
    upgrade through town:


Beside you,
Lying down at dark,
My waking fits your sleep.

Like A Woman

Like a woman
I loved, I say
words to the dark,
not to suffer.

Philip Booth Comments

Jay Owens 09 September 2020

" First Lesson" is a masterpiece. I agree that if you lie back, relax, do not thrash, life and the sea will hold you. You will not sink! ! Write on, Mr. Booth..

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Natalia Granger 18 July 2020

I bought Relations at a bookstore when I was twenty five and loved it. I loved his voice, the tone, and the cover picture of the gull above the moody sea. I eventually gave it to my then-boyfriend as a late birthday present, saying it reminded me of him.

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