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Helen Dunmore, Counting Backwards: Poems 1975–2017

Helen Dunmore, Counting Backwards: Poems 1975–2017 Bloodaxe Books, 416 pp, £14.99

 

PN Review subscribers can find my review here.

Ruth Padel, “Salon Noir”

This is a remarkable poem. You can link to an earlier version of its text than the one in Emerald by following this link to the praccrit.com website, where there’s also an interview with Padel.

The poem opens “When we went down into the cave / this summer”. I’ve had a nagging sense of something oracular and dramatic lurking behind those breathless rhythms and it suddenly hit me what it was – the opening of Ezra Pound’s Canto I:

And then went down to the ship,
Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly sea, and
We set up mast and … Continue Reading