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Peter Hughes: Poems

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My versions of Petrarch's sonnets are available from Reality Street.


Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono

if you can read the afterglow
of all the friction I connived in
escaping to the fair so very young
& so variously insane

I hope you’ll recognise a few shapes
if only by the state of the trellis
& that pain in the stomach
which is mainly knots in the convention

I don’t blame them for crossing the street
when I come trudging down the contents page
I’d do it myself & head for the coconut shy

but it’s long gone now & the hole hurts -
the most intoxicating music of fairgrounds at night
reduced to diesel & syringes

Some of these versions have already appeared in pamphlet form. Here are links to the individual publications:

 Quite Frankly, Like This Press

Regulation Cascade, Oystercatcher Press

Soft Rush, Red Ceilings Press

Snowclone Detritus, Knives Forks & Spoons

Heiligenschein,  Red Ceilings Press

 Here are links to online reviews:

Barry Schwabsky in Hyperallergic, a New York arts magazine.

Alasdair Paterson in Stride.

Simon Turner in Dr Fulminare.

Phil Simmons in Litter.

Steve Spence in Stride.

Billy Mills in Sabotage Reviews

PH Kings pic