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Gaudete (1977)

Note: Gaudete contains a prose introduction, a main body of narrative poems, and, after another short narrative, an epilogue of poems.The "Argument", which prefaces the prologue was expanded for the 1978 edition.

Argument [prose]

Prologue

Binoculars

In his hardening lenses

Hagen is striding

A mile away

Pauline Hagen

Again

Mrs Westlake

The scherzo

But still the enraged

In Estridge's lens

Lumb

The Bridge Inn bar

Doctor Westlake

Mrs Holroyd

Garten

Maud

Behind the bar

Mrs Garten

Estridge's younger daughter Jennifer

Dr Westlake

Lumb

Westlake's grey Daimler

Betty

Garten

Felicity

Maud

Mrs Davies

The Alsatian

Felicity

Lumb

Garten

Lumb

Garten

Lumb's eyes

Garten

Evans

Maud

Garten

Maud

Felicity

The Cathedral

Felicity

Holroyd

Estridge

Estridge and Evans

Garten

Women

Maud

Lumb

Maud

In the Bar at the Bridge Inn

Lumb

Estridge

Maud

The one glance

Easy and strong

 

Epilogue [prose]

What will you make of half a man

I hear your congregations at their rapture

Who are you?

At the top of my soul

The lark sizzles in my ear

I watched a wise beetle

In a world where all is temporary

Collision with the earth has finally come -

Trying to be a leaf

I heard the screech, sudden -

Once I said lightly

Music, that eats people

The rain comes again

This is the maneater's skull

I see the oak's bride in the oak's grasp

She rides the earth

The huntsmen, on top of their swaying horse-towers

A primrose petal's edge

Waving goodbye, from your banked hospital bed

I Said goodbye to earth

The swallow - rebuilding -

The night wind, muscled with rain

The viper fell from the sun

A doctor extracted

The coffin, spurred by its screws

The grass blade is not without

Churches topple

I know well

The sun, like a cold kiss in the street -

Sometimes it comes, a gloomy flap of lightning

Having first given away pleasure -

Looking for her form

A man hangs on

When the still-soft eyelid sank again

The sea grieves all night long

Hearing your moan echo, I chill. I shiver

Faces lift out of the earth

I skin the skin

What steel was it the river poured

Calves harshly parted from their mamas

A bang - a burning -

The dead man lies, marching here and there

Every day the world gets simply

Your tree - your oak

Glare out of just crumpled grass -