FALL 2007


FALL 2007

Penelope Shuttle


Everyone has had me,
the lover who never was -
I arrange to meet you nowhere,
and I’m always late -
I never write, I never phone
Be honest, that’s the way you like it
I’m so perfect,
I’ll never get over myself,
and nor will you -
So much sleep gets lost over me,
I wonder how the world copes,
dead-tired every morning,
needing me to make everything okay,
more than okay,
to bring about a happy ending -
What happy ending

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall, in the far west of England, by the sea. Her eighth collection, REDGROVE'S WIFE, appeared from BLOODAXE BOOKS, UK, in Spring 2006, and contains elegies for her late husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, who died in 2003. REDGROVE'S WIFE was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and has just been short-listed for the T S Eliot Prize. Her SELECTED POEMS are available from CARCANET PRESS, UK.





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