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:
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.