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George Mackay Brown

Posted 12-16-2010 at 02:02 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 02-18-2011 at 05:53 AM by Steve Bucknell
When George Mackay Brown had his first collection The Storm published by the Orkney Press in 1954. Edwin Muir wrote in the forward: "Grace is what I find in these poems."

Weather Bestiary


The unicorn melts through his prism. Sodden hooves
Have deluged the corn with light.


A fisherman wets his finger. The eyelash
Of the grey stallion flicks his blood with cold.


A hard summer. The month I sat at the rock
One fish rose, belly up, a dead gleam.


Corn, lobster, fleece hotly harvested—now
That whale stranded on the blue rock!


Stiff windless flower, hearse-blossom,
Show us the brightness of blood, stars, apples.


The sun-dipped isle was suddenly a sheep
Lost and stupid, a dense wet tremulous fleece.


Autumn, a moulted parrot, eyes with terror
This weird white cat. It drifts the rose-bush under.

From Poems, New and Selected, The Hogarth Press. 1971.


The young men went

xxxxxxxxHere and there, secret

xxxxxAt star-time.

xxxxxxxxxBlack swirls--a sudden

Blanket of snow!

xxxxxxxxxAnd the blank

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAt dawn, a maze

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxOf silvery tell-tale trystings.

George Mackay Brown. from Voyages
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    "Rain," "Snow" and "Fog" are my favorites here, plus the title: I'll be looking up Mr. Brown for the chance of finding more surprises. Thanks, Steve!
    Posted 12-18-2010 at 06:03 AM by Ed Shacklee Ed Shacklee is offline

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