Poem of the Week



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Don’t forget the Oxford Literary Festival has begun! Get down to see some amazing events… or just go to the free ones!


Also today, From Apps to Zines – Legal SatNav for the Digital Age, presented by the Oxford Publishing Society, will be at Oxford Brookes University from 6:30 pm – you must register first!

Not the Oxford Literary Festival is at The Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Jericho from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Poetry, song, readings, etc.

Now on to the poem…

Invocation by Martyn Crucefix

These days they say she’s sometimes mistaken
for the revving of a little petrol engine –
her propulsive churr-churring lost in the dark.
But age-old tricks can still be made to work.
Launch a white handkerchief into the air
and – if you are lucky – she’s gliding there,
attracted to you like a catch in the throat,
summoned by signs of life – the hot, the salt
of sudden tears you’d rather were hidden,
making your nose run like a child’s again.
Or she’s drawn to the blood-spill of hurt
that opens flesh and bone. Or she will start
from the dusty roof-space above the bed,
find you wiping love from between your legs.
The white flag of individual weakness
is what serves always to conjure her best
as when old habits, uncertain eyes give out,
when it’s dark wherever they put the light,
she comes then – I think – and this time stays,
cover him, cover him, cover his face.

copyright © Martyn Crucefix, 2010, and reprinted by permission of Enitharmon Press.

Find out more at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.

One Response to “Poem of the Week”
  1. easylifestyles says:

    I love poetry and I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing this post. Feel free to stop by sometime.

    Raining Purple Rain

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