A secular prayer for the Monk at 70

 

Geraldine,

this madvent

 

in the bleak midwinter

dust peppers

 

the crenulations

of my cauli-creased cerebellum.

 

I bring you

the gloves of Glenn Gould

 

you know what to do:

play on



 

Lancashire Soot

 

this

day

G

 

black

shapes

flake

 

for

thee

fall

 

at

two

score

 

and

ten

snow

 

negatives

smudge

page

 


collage
            for geraldine


 


 

[Simon Perril is a poet and collagist. His poetry publications include The Slip (Shearsman, 2020), In the Final Year of my 40s (Shearsman, 2018), Beneath (Shearsman, 2015)  Archilochus on the Moon (Shearsman, 2013), Newton’s Splinter (Open House, 2012), Nitrate (Salt, 2010), A Clutch of Odes (Oystercatcher, 2009), and Hearing is Itself Suddenly a Kind of Singing (Salt, 2004).  As a critic he has written widely on contemporary poetry, editing The Salt Companion to John James, and Tending the Vortex: The Works of Brian Catling. He is Professor of Poetic Practice at De Montfort University, in Leicester. You can see Simon’s performance/talk sharing 3 projects, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJoI30MzLGs ]

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