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Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: July 13, 2004 07:38AM

Can anyone tell me who wrote this poem, which I have on a scrap of newsprint at least 25 years old?

PRESENCES (to my students)

This I would say: love life
for what is always beyond you,
the perfume of a girl who has gone
just as you entered the room,
the ripple on the bright pool
of the fish already steadily swimming
elsewhere, the catís foot-fall
on the purring carpet, the smile
on the face that is turned ever so slightly
away from you, no insult intended,
so that you are never quite sure
whether what you saw
ever really happened
(girl, fish, cat, smile)
until the very last
when you know
and the pencil falls
blunted


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: July 13, 2004 01:31PM

Here you go Ian:

This I would say: love life
for what is always beyond you,
the perfume of a girl who has gone
just as you entered the room,
the ripple on the bright pool
of the fish already steadily swimming
elsewhere, the cat's foot-fall
on the purring carpet, the smile
on the face that is turned ever so slightly
away from you, no insult intended,
so that you are never sure
whether what you saw
ever really happened
(girl, fish, cat, smile)
until the very last
when you know
and the pencil falls
blunted

[BRUCE DAWE, 1974]


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: July 13, 2004 04:33PM

Many thanks, Les. I should have guessed.


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: July 14, 2004 04:28AM

Shouldn't it be called 'Absences' or is it just me?


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: Johnny SansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: July 16, 2004 12:33PM

marian2......what are you doing? taking ATTENDANCE?


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: July 16, 2004 12:34PM

No - prozac!


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: Johnny SansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: July 16, 2004 01:04PM

Be vewwy vewwy qwiet ! I'm taking Pwozac...hehehehehe


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: July 17, 2004 06:42PM

Elmer's search engine:

[www.google.com]


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: July 19, 2004 02:43PM

I always like the Pig-Latin version.

pam


Re: Author of 'Presences'?
Posted by: Rachael (---.wa.bigpond.net.au)
Date: August 11, 2004 06:49AM

Bruce Dawe




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