Thursday, 14 April 2011

Carrion Flight of the Harpsichords

[with thanks to Ian Duhig]

Son of Norman McCaig, anatomist
Ewan builds harpsichords with vulture
quills to make his own kind of poetry
when the bony keys are tapped like ribs.

Flemish-style virginals; open casket
muselars, ottavini and spinets;
katabatic instruments assembled with passion,
hunger and flair. Compassed and pitched,

when played they flew him on scavenger wings,
to soar rapterish above Gott's park.

originally published at I Love West Leeds

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