June 30, 2015: Inpress poem of the week ‘Nightwalking’ by David Attwooll

Posted on the InPress website, June 30, 2015 by Pete Hebden:

David Attwool’s great new collection The Sound Ladder (Two Rivers Press, 2015), contains, among other fine poems, a sequence called “Ground Work”, made up of one poem for each month of the year, reflecting on the seasonal changes of a floodplain bordering Oxford and the Thames.

See what you think of July’s entry:

Nightwalking
after Philip Sidney & Charles Mingus

The moon in jive-ass slippers dances close
to offer back neglected things we lost:
a partner’s kiss, a porkpie hat, a face
that brightens as she coolly circles past.

Two weeks of heatwave and the hottest day
for seven years unpacked by warm fat rain:
the scents of earth and river, dung and hay,
sweet and rotten, beneath a perigee moon.

The ghost of a riff on moonlit ground
– Boogie Stop Shuffle and a walking bass –
the furthest supernova ever found,
a faint signature at the edge of space

ten billion years ago. We stray
in Mingus landscapes here, places to play.

Here is the full review and here you can buy the book for the full cycle of poems.