My review of Carcanet’s Selected Poems is now at 3:AM.
Which gives me a reason to quote the final stanza of ‘Mayakovsky’ – a poem that resonates with me more and more.
Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
The country is grey and
brown and white in trees,
snows and skies of laughter
always diminishing, less funny
not just darker, not just grey.
It may be the coldest day of
the year, what does he think of
that? I mean, what do I? And if I do,
perhaps I am myself again.