Philip Gross

(1952 / Delabole / Uk)

Philip Gross Poems

1. Opera Bouffe 6/17/2016
2. The Boat Made of Poems 6/17/2016
3. No Peace in Your Deafness 6/17/2016
4. Step 6/17/2016
5. Borrowed Light 6/17/2016
6. Flat Earthers 6/17/2016
7. Goal 6/24/2015
8. The Key to the Kingdom 6/17/2016
Best Poem of Philip Gross

The Key to the Kingdom

It's not exile, homes and families behind
us, where we meet. It happens anywhere,
now: a stateless
state of no name, quietly seceding
from the crumbling empires round us,

without stamps or Eurovision entries.
No-one does it with a rough guide in a week.
You inhabit it
or nothing. Like this: in a pavement cafe
you blink and you seem to surprise them,

the crowd, all its separate faces at once,
coming out of solution like crystals,
like a rush of starlings
or the breeze that lifts the canvas awning
now and dents your cappuccino froth...

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