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W.S. Graham's Implements in Their Places, 1 of 2 (Faber, 1977)


I've relished this book; here are some favourite passages.

What is the language using us for?

Said Malcolm Mooney moving away

Slowly over the white language.

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What are Communication's

Mistakes in the magic medium doing

To us? It matters only in

So far as we want to be telling

Each other alive about each other

Alive.

from 'What Is the Language Using Us For?'

Baboon,

My soul, is always ready to relinquish

The safe hold and leap on to nothing at all.

At least I hope so.

from 'Language Ah Now You Have Me'

Mr Simpson, kneedeep in the drowned

Thistles of not your own country,

What is your category?

from 'Ten Shots of Mr Simpson'

The good blue sun is pressing

Me into Zennor Hill.

Gently disintegrate me

Said nothing at all.

end of 'Enter a Cloud'

My father,

I try to be the best

In you you give me always.

from 'To Alexander Graham'

I row. I dip my waterbright blades

Into the loch and into silence

And pull and feather my oars and bright

Beads of the used water of light

Drip off astern to die

And mix with the little whirling pools

Over the sea to Skye.

from 'Sgurr Na Gillean Macleod'

Communication is always

On the edge of ridiculous.

from 'Private Poem to Norman Macleod'

#WSGraham #ImplementsinTheirPlaces #Faber

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