Robert Peake is one of the poets I asked to be part of the EKPHRASIS event responding to the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy in March. I heardhim read Still Life with Bougainvillea which was commended in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2013 and after getting home from the event Idid some digging around to read more of his stuff. He’s kindly sent the two poems below and I’ve included links to various things on his site. In case you’re not quite sure, yes he is that “Transatlantic poet-guy”, as someone I know once called him (I think she might have prefaced it with … “Oh WOW he’s… ).
It is hardly there at all,
this feather-rain, suffusing
the air with casual descent
pooling in crevices of husk
and trickling down the yellow stem,
dampening the topsoil sponge.
It is the antidote to drought…
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