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Claiming Kindred

List of contents

I Voices for children

Kew Gardens / 11
For and Against the Environment / 13
Apus apus / 16
The Bumble Bee / 17
In Praise of Reconnecting / 18
Mr. Greenway's Instructions / 19
I Allot the Honours in the Second World War / 20
Mombasa, 1948 / 22

II Omens of death

Pencil Sketches / 27
A Couple in Coigach / 31
The Mistletoe / 33
The Young Woman Doctor / 34
Two Shots at an Elegy / 35
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Birmingham / 37
Marestail, or Priest's Prick / 43
The Chestnut Tree / 44
Pregnant Woman / 45
Some People Just Aren't Reliable / 46
Desires (after Cavafy) / 47
I hear it said of Dante / 48
Absence / 49
Re-Writing a Poem / 51
Rilke: Poem written as he was dying from Leukaemia / 52
Goethe: Phenomenon / 53

III The toil of love

January 2003 / 57
The Colour Yellow / 58
Reflections on the Eve of the Iraq War / 60
The Sunlit Surfaces / 64
Lindisfarne: the Ruined Priory in Sunlight / 67
St. John on Patmos / 69
Christian Theology / 71
Gautama: Thoughts in Savernake Forest / 72
Legend / 74
Golden Wedding / 75
Two at a Party / 76
Meditation on a Line from Shakespeare (Sonnet 31) / 77
In Memory of Pippin / 78
The Double Bass / 80

Endnotes / 83
Biographical Note / 85