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Table of Contents

Collected Poems (2003)

Note: I have included some comments in [...] delineating the close relationship between some of the poems and sequences — C.K.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

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EARLY POEMS AND JUVENILIA (1946-57)

Wild West

Too Bad for Hell

The Recluse

Initiation

Here in the Green and Glimmering Gloom

Pastoral Symphony No. I

The Little Boys and the Seasons

The Court-Tumbler and Satirist

Song of the Sorry Lovers

The Woman With Such High Heels She Looked Dangerous

Poem ('In clear Spring's high ice-breaking heaven')

Scene Without An Act

Bawdry Embraced

The Drowned Woman

 

THE HAWK IN THE RAIN (1957)

The Hawk in the Rain

The Jaguar

Macaw and Little Miss

The Thought-Fox

The Horses [also in Elmet]

Famous Poet

Song

Parlour-Piece

Secretary

Soliloquy

The Dove-Breeder

Billet-Doux

A Modest Proposal

Incompatibilities

September

Fallgrief's Girl-Friends

Two Phases

The Decay of Vanity

Fair Choice

The Conversion of the Reverend Skinner

Complaint

Phaetons

Egg-Head

The Man Seeking Experience Enquire His Way of a Drop of Water

Meeting

Wind

October Dawn

Roarers in a Ring [also in Elmet]

Vampire

Childbirth

The Hag

Law in the Country of the Cats

Invitation to the Dance

The Casualty

Bayonet Charge

Griefs for Dead Soldiers

Six Young Men [also in Elmet]

Two Wise Generals

The Ancient Heroes and the Bomber Pilot

The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar

 

UNCOLLECTED (1957-59)

Letter

Quest

Constancy

Shells

Gulls Aloft

Snails

 

LUPERCAL (1960)

Things Present

Everyman's Odyssey

Mayday on Holderness

February

Crow Hill

A Woman Unconscious

Strawberry Hill

Dick Straightup [also in Elmet]

Fourth of July

A Dream of Horses

Esther's Tomcat

Historian

Pennines in April [also in Elmet]

Hawk Roosting

Nicholas Ferrer

To Paint a Water Lily

Urn Burial

Of Cats

Fire-Eater

Acrobats

The Good Life

The Bull Moses

Cat and Mouse

View of a Pig

The Retired Colonel

The Voyage

Relic

Wilfred Owen's Photographs

An Otter

Witches

November

The Perfect Forms

Thrushes

Singers

Bullfrog

Crag Jack's Apostasy

Pike

Snowdrop

Sunstroke

Cleopatra to the Asp

Lupercalia

 

UNCOLLECTED (1960-67)

A Fable

The Storm [from Homer, Odyssey, Book V]

Lines to a Newborn Baby

To F.R. at Six Months

Dully Gumption's College Courses

My Uncle's Wound [also in Elmet]

The Road to Easington

Sunday Evening

Poem to Robert Graves Perhaps

On Westminster Bridge

After Lorca

Era of Giant Lizards

Small Hours

Bad News Good!

Dice

O White Elite Lotus

Carol

Warm Moors

Folk-Lore

Gibraltar

Birdsong

Plum Blossom

The Last Migration

The Burning of the Brothel

To W. H. Auden

 

from RECKLINGS (1966)

On the Slope [also in Elmet]

Water

Fishing at Dawn

Dully Gumption's Addendum

Guinness

Flanders

Keats

Beech Tree

Toll

Memory

Heatwave

Fallen Eve

The Toughest

Thaw

Plum-Blossom

Public Bar T.V.

As Woman's Weeping

Trees

A Colonial

Don Giovanni

A Match

Small Events

To be a Girl's Diary

Stealing Trout on a May Morning [also in River (3 Books)]

Humanities

Tutorial

Poltergeist

Last Lines

The Lake

Unknown Soldier

 

from WODWO (1967) [— incorporates revisions made for Selected Poems 1972, Appendix has Notes of changes!]

Part I

Thistles

Still Life

Her Husband

Cadenza

Ghost Crabs

Boom

Ludwig's Death Mask

Second Glance at a Jaguar

Public Bar T.V.

Fern

A Wind Flashes the Grass

A Vegetarian

Sugar Loaf

Bowled Over

Wino

Logos [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]

Reveille [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]

The Rescue

Stations

The Green Wolf

The Bear

Part III

Theology [sometimes considered belonging to the Crow context]

Gog, I-III

Kreutzer Sonata

Out

I The Dream Time

II 'The dead man in his cave beginning to sweat'

III Remembrance Day

New Moon in January

The Warriors of the North

Karma

Song of a Rat

I The Rat's Dance

II The Rat's Vision

III The Rat's Flight

Heptonstall [also in Elmet]

Ballad from a Fairy Tale [rewritten for Remains of Elmet ("The Angel")]

Skylarks

Mountains

You Drive in a Circle

Wings

I M. Sartre Considers Current Affairs

II Kafka

III Einstein Plays Bach

Pibroch

The Howling of Wolves

Gnat-Psalm

Full Moon and Little Frieda

Wodwo

 

UNCOLLECTED (1967-70)

Scapegoats and Rabies

I A Haunting

II The Mascot

II Wit's End

IV Two Minutes' Silence

V the Red Carpet

from Three Legends, ii-iii [Crow poem]

TV On

The Brother's Dream

Dog Days on the Black Sea

? [Crow poem]

Crowquill [Crow poem]

Ballad of Bauble-Head

Crow's Feast [Crow poem]

A Crow Hymn [Crow poem]

Song of Woe [Crow poem]

Existential Song [Crow poem]

A Lucky Folly [Crow poem]

Fighting for Jerusalem

This Game of Chess

 

[Crow]

Four Crow Poems (1970)

That Moment

King of Carrion

Crow and the Birds

Crow's Last Stand

 

A Few Crows (1970)

Crow's First Lesson

A Kill

Notes for a Little Play

A Grin

The Battle of Osfrontalis

Crow Tyrannosaurus

A Childish Prank

Carnival

 

from Crow: FROM THE LIFE AND SONGS OF THE Crow (1970)

Two Legends

Lineage

Examination at the Womb-Door

Crow and Mama

The Door

Crow Alights

Crow Hears Fate Knock an the Door

Crow's Account of the Battle

The Black Beast

Crow Communes

Crow's Account of St George

A Disaster

Crow's Theology

Crow's Fall

Criminal Ballad

Crow an the Beach

Oedipus Crow

Crow's Vanity

A Horrible Religious Error

Crow Tries the Media

Crow's Nerve Fails

In Laughter

Crow Frowns

Magical Dangers

Robin Song

Conjuring in Heaven

Crow Goes Hunting

Owl's Song

Crow's Undersong

Crow's Elephant Totem Song

Dawn's Rose

Crow's Playmates

Crowego

The Smile

Crow Improvises

Crowcolour

Crow's Battle Fury

Crow Blacker than Ever

Revenge Fable

A Bedtime Story

Crow's Song of Himself

Crow Sickened

Song for a Phallus

Apple Tragedy

Crow Paints Himself into a Chinese Mural

Crow and the Sea

Truth Kills Everybody

Crow and Stone

Fragment of an Ancient Tablet

Snake Hymn

Lovesong

Glimpse

Two Eskimo Songs

I Fleeing from Eternity

II How Water Began to Play

Littleblood

 

from Crow WAKES (1971)

Crow Wakes

Bones

Amulet [also in Under the North Star]

In the Land of the Lion

I See a Bear [also in Under the North Star]

Bedtime Anecdote

Song against the White Owl [revised in Primer of Birds]

The Ship

Lullaby

Snow Song

The Contender

 

from POEMS. RUTH FAINLIGHT, TED HUGHES, ALAN SILLITOE (1971)

Genesis of Evil [Crow poem]

Crow's Song about England [Crow poem]

Crow's Courtship [Crow poem]

Crow's Song about God [Crow poem]

Crow the Just [Crow poem]

 

UNCOLLECTED (1971-73)

The Space-Egg was Sailing [Crow poem]

'In the little girl's angel gaze' [Crow poem]

The New World [Crow poem ??]

An Alchemy

 

PROMETHEUS ON HIS CRAG (1973)

1 'His voice felt out the way. "I am" he said'

2 'Prometheus ...Relaxes'

3 'Prometheus ...Pestered by birds roosting and defecating'

4 'Prometheus...Spotted the vulture coming out of the sun'

5 'Prometheus ...Dreamed he had burst the sun's mass'

6 'Prometheus ...Has bitten his prophetic tongue off'

7 'Prometheus ...Arrested half-way from heaven'

8 'Prometheus ...Lay astonished all his preparations'

9 'Now I know I never shall'

10 'Prometheus ...Began to admire the vulture'

11 'Prometheus ...Tried to recall his night's dream'

12 'Prometheus ...Had begun to sing'

13 'Prometheus ...Heard the cry of the wombs'

14 'Prometheus ... Sees the wind'

15 'Prometheus ... Had such an advantageous prospect'

16 'Prometheus ... Too far from his people to tell them'

17 'No God - only wind an the flower'

18 'The character neglected in this icon'

19 'Prometheus ... Shouts and his words'

20 'Prometheus ... Pondered the vulture. Was this bird'

21 'His mother covers her eyes'

[Alternative Poems in Appendix:]

#5 'Prometheus ... Knew what was coming'

#12 'Prometheus ... Came to see Io fleeting across the map'

#17 'Prometheus ... Was himself the fire'

 

UNCOLLECTED (1974-75)

Welcombe

Exits

The Lamentable History of the Human Calf [listed as a Crow poem in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]

 

from SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN WINTER

Hunting the Summer [Season Songs poem]

The Defenders [Season Songs poem]

 

Season Songs (1976)

Spring

A March Calf

The River in March

March Morning Unlike Others [also in Moortown Diary]

Spring Nature Notes, I-vi

April Birthday

Icecrust and Snowflake

Deceptions

Summer

Swifts

Mackerel Song

Hay

Sheep, I-III [parts in Moortown Diary]

Apple Dumps

Work and Play

The Harvest Moon

The Golden Boy

Autumn

Leaves

Autumn Nature Notes, I-VIII

The Seven Sorrows

A Cranefly in September

There Came a Day

The Stag

Two Horses, i-v

Winter

The Warrior of Winter

Christmas Card

December River

New Year Song

Snow and Snow

The Warm and the Cold

 

UNCOLLECTED (1976-77)

He Called [Cave Birds poem]

Eclipse [also in the orig. trade edition of Flowers and Insects]

Pets [also in Season Songs]

Green Mother [Cave Birds poem]

[Caprichos] [— this is a very different project from Capriccio, below]

'Who lives in my skin with me?'

'If the mouth could properly open'

'When dawn lifts the eyelid behind the eyelid'

'Nevertheless rejoice'

 

from Gaudete (1977)

[The Epilogue Poems]

'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 grase'

'She rides the earth'

'The huntsmen, an 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 -'

 

UNCOLLECTED (1977-78)

He Gets Up in Dark Dawn [also in Season Songs]

Unknown Warrior

After the Grim Diagnosis

[1952-1977]

'A Nation's a soul'

A Solstice [also in What is the Truth]

New Foal [also in What is the Truth]

Wycoller Hall [also in Remains of Elmet]

 

from ORTS (1978) [— many of these poems are closely related to the Epilogue poems from Gaudete / Lumbs Remains]

1 'The fallen oak sleeps under the bog'

2 'Let that one shrink into place'

3 'The Queen of Egypt'

4 'You have come down from the clouds'

5 'Skin' [listed as a poem from Adam and the Sacred Nine in The Achievement of Ted Hughes]

6 'Air'

7 'At some juncture the adult dies'

8 'So much going on'

9 'Huge global trouble all to earn'

14 'Sunday bells'

15 'The volcano'

17 'The white shark'

18 'Eye went out to hunt you'

19 'He sickened'

21 'Searching, I am confronted again'

24 'The buzzard mews --'

26 'Where shall I put my hand?'

27 'Words bring wet lumps of earth'

28 'Sitting under the downpour'

29 'They brought you a lit-up flying city'

30 'The mother of the tree'

31 'If searching can't find you'

32 'Before I was born, you were a spirit'

33 'Where you wait'

34 'Stilled at his drink'

37 'Your eyes are poor'

38 Retter, happier, to stay clear of the pure'

40 'After years of methodical, daily'

41 'Like the future oak invisible'

42 'The bulging oak is not as old'

43 'A cry is coming closer'

44 'He did all that he thought he wanted to do'

45 'Why do you take such nervy shape to become'

46 'You have made me careless'

48 'Does it matter how long'

49 'The salmon's egg winters the gouging floods'

50 'Your touch jerks me --

51 'Churches darken like scabs'

52 'As often as I affirm'

53 'In the zoo'

54 'The engine under the car-bonnet'

55 'By the splitting, spilling, fly-crazing'

56 'The cat, craning over the long grass'

57 'The cut stone'

60 'Twisted mouths'

61 'A wild drop flies in space -'

62 'He sits grinning, he blurts laughter'

 

Cave Birds (1978)

The Scream

The Summoner

After the First Fright

The Interrogator

She Seemed So Considerate

The judge

The Plaintiff

In These Fading Moments I Wanted to Say

The Executioner

The Accused

First, the Doubtful Charts of Skin

The Knight

Something was Happening

The Gatekeeper

A Flayed Crow in the Hall of judgement

The Baptist

Only a Little Sleep, a Little Slumber

A Green Mother

As I Came, I Saw a Wood

A Riddle [Alternative Version in Appendix: "Incomparable Marriage"]

The Scapegoat

After There was Nothing Came a Woman

The Guide

His Legs Ran About

Walking Bare

Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days [a Crow poem]

The Owl Flower

The Risen

Finale

 

Adam and the Sacred Nine (1979) [— this is the complete Rainbow Press sequence !]

The Song

Adam

Awake!

All this time his cry

He had retreated

And the Falcon came

The Skylark came

The Wild Duck

The Swift comes the Swift

The Unknown Wren

And Owl

The Dove Came

The Crow came To Adam

And the Phoenix has come

Light

Bud-tipped twig

The Sole of a foot

 

Remains of Elmet (1979)

The Dark River

Abel Cross, Crimsworth Dene

Hardcastle Crags

Lumb Chimneys

Two Trees at Top Withens

Stanbury Moor

Moors

The Trance of Light

West Laithe Cobbles

Long Screams

Curlews

Walls at Alcomden

Walls

First, Mills

Hill-Stone was Content

Mill Ruins

Wild Rock

The Sheep Went an Being Dead

The Big Animal of Rock

Tree

Heather

Alcomden

Remains of Elmet

There Come Days to the Hills

Shackleton Hill

When Men Got to the Summit

Churn-Milk Joan

Grouse-Butts

The Weasels We Smoked out of The Bank

High Sea-Light

Bridestones

Wadsworth Moor

Spring-Dusk

Football at Slack

Sunstruck

Willow-Herb

The Canal's Drowning Black

The Long Tunnel Ceiling

Under the World's Wide Rims

Two

Mount Zion

The Ancient Briton Lay under His Rock

Rhododendrons

Crown Point Pensioners

For Billy Holt

Heptonstall

The Beacon

Emily Bronte

Haworth Parsonage

Top Withens

The Sluttiest Sheep in England

Auction at Stanbury

Widdop

Light Falls through Itself

In April

The Word that Space Breathes

Heptonstall Old Church

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Cock-Crows

Heptonstall Cemetery

The Angel

 

UNCOLLECTED (1979)

Irish Elk

Barley [Season Songs poem]

A Lamb in the Storm [poem from the Moortown context]

The Rose

In the Black Chapel

 

Moortown Diary (1979)

Rain

Dehorning

Poor birds

Feeding out-wintering cattle at twilight

Foxhunt

New Year exhilaration

Struggle

Bringing in new couples

Snow smoking as the fields boil

Tractor

Roe-deer

Couples under cover

Surprise

Last night

Ravens

February 17th

March morning unlike others

Turning out

She has come to pass

Birth of Rainbow

Orf

Happy calf

Coming down through Somerset

Little red twin

Teaching a dumb calf

Last load

While she chews sideways

Sheep, I-II

The day he died

A monument

The formal auctioneer

A memory

Now you have to push

Hands

 

from EARTH-NUMB (1979)

Earth-numb [also in River]

That girl

Here is the Cathedral

Postcard from Torquay

Old age gets up

Nefertiti

A Motorbike

Deaf School

Photostomias, I-III

The Lovepet [Crow poem]

Second Birth

Song of Longsight [Caprichos poem]

Life is trying to be life [Crow poem]

A Citrine Glimpse, I-II

Four Tales Told by an Idiot

1 I woke in the bed of the rains

2 I was tied to a stake, in a tectite desert

3 Night-wind, a freedom

4 That star

Actaeon

Seven Dungeon Songs [includes Caprichos poems]

1 The Wolf

2 Dead, she became space-earth

3 Face was necessary -1 found face

4 The earth locked out the light

5 I walk

6 The oracle

7 If mouth could open its cliff

A knock at the door

Orts [— several of these are closely related to the Epilogue poems from Gaudete / Lumbs Remains]

1 Each new moment my eyes

2 Are they children

3 For weights of blood

5 In the MS restaurant

6 Poets

7 Grosse Fuge

8 Lucretia

9 The Cathedral

10 Pan

11 Speech out of shadow

12 Everything is waiting

14 Flight from Egypt

15 Beeches, leafless

16 Look back

17 Buzz in the window

18 Lumb

19 The express

20 T.V. Off

21 Ophiuchos

22 Funeral

23 Children

24 Prospero and Sycorax [Crow poem]

25 Before-dawn twilight, a sky dry as talc

Tiger-psalm [Crow poem]

The stone

Stained Glass

1 The Virgin

2 The Womb

3 The Virgin Knight

A God

 

UNCOLLECTED (1980-81)

Unfinished Mystery

Do not Pick up the Telephone

Lily

Sky Furnace

Fort

Fishing the Estuary [River context]

[Publications of the Morrigu Press, 1979-80]

Wolf [Under the North Star poem]

Puma [Under the North Star poem]

Brooktrout [Under the North Star poem]

Eagle [Under the North Star poem]

Mosquito [Under the North Star poem]

Three River Poems

Catadrome

Caddis

Visitation [incl. in the trade ed. of River]

 

from A Primer of Birds (1981)

For Leonard and Lisa

Cuckoo

Swans

Buzzard

Black-back Gull

Snipe

A Swallow [also in Season Songs]

Sparrow

["The Macaw", see Wolfwatching]

The Hen [also in What is the Truth]

Mallard

["Kingfisher", see River]

["Whiteness", see River]

["A Sparrow Hawk", see Wolfwatching]

Evening Thrush

Magpie

Shrike

Starlings Have Come [also in Season Songs]

Bullfinch [also in What is the Truth]

["Nightjar", see Flowers and Insects]

["A Rival", see River]

Wren

["Tern", see Flowers and Insects]

Treecreeper [also in What is the Truth]

Nightingale

["A Dove", also in Wolfwatching / see final poem]

The Moorhen

["The White Owl", for a different version, see Crow]

Pheasant

Phoenix

 

UNCOLLECTED (1981-83)

Cows

'Drove six or so high miles'

River of Dialectics

Sing the Rat

Giant Dream of Elephants

Remembering Teheran

The Great Irish Pike

Thomas the Rhymer's Song [from Shusha Guppy record: Durable Fire]

Madly Singing in the Mountains

To Be Harry

Mice Are Funny Little Creatures [What is the Truth poem]

Weasels at Work [What is the Truth poem]

Fly Inspects [What is the Truth poem]

Swallows [What is the Truth poem] [alternative version in Primer of Birds / Season Songs]

 

from RIVER (1983)

The Morning before Christmas

Japanese River Tales, I-II

Flesh of Light

New Year

Whiteness [Primer of Birds poem]

Four March Watercolours

Dee

The Merry Mink

Salmon-taking Times

Under the Hill of Centurions

A Cormorant

Stump Pool in April

Go Fishing

Milesian Encounter an the Sligachan

Ophelia

Creation of Fishes

River Barrow

The West Dart

Strangers

After Moonless Midnight

An August Salmon

The Vintage of River Is Unending

Night Arrival of Sea-Trout

The Kingfisher [Primer of Birds poem]

That Morning

The River

Last Night

The Gulkana

In the Dark Violin of the Valley

Low Water

A Rival [Primer of Birds poem]

August Evening

Performance

September Salmon

Eighty, and Still Fishing for Salmon

September

An Eel

Fairy Flood

Riverwatcher

October Salmon

Torridge

Salmon Eggs

 

UNCOLLECTED (1983-1986)

The Mayfly [River context]

The Pigeon's Wings

The Live-Bait [River context]

Waste

The Hare [What is the Truth poem]

Waterlicked

Familiar [Elmet poem]

Disarmament [Elmet context]

Mokomaki [cf also: "Lamenting Head", "Reckless Head" and "Scarificed Head", below — Caprichos poems]

Aspiring Head

Halfway Head

Landmark Head

What's the First Thing You Think Of? [Elmet poem]

Conscripts [Elmet context]

The Best Worker in Europe [River context]

Grouse Butts [Remains of Elmet / Elmet poem, revised]

Edith [Elmet context]

Rights [Elmet context]

The Pike [revised in "Live Skull", Collected Animal Poems, which is not included]

Mayday

Sketching a Thatcher [also in Moortown Diary]

Lamenting Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]

Reckless Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]

Sacrificed Head [Mokomaki / Caprichos poem ?]

 

from Flowers and Insects (1986)

Narcissi

A Violet at Lough Aughresberg

Brambles

Daffodils

Two Tortoiseshell Butterflies

Cyclamens in a Bowl

Saint's Island

Where I Sit Writing My Letter

Tern [Primer of Birds poem; Keith Sagar & Stephen Tabor state that this poem »originally appeared in manuscript in copy J of the Scolar Press Cave Birds«]

Sketch of a Goddess

The Honey Bee

In the Likeness of a Grasshopper

Sunstruck Foxglove

Big Poppy

Nightjar [Primer of Birds poem]

 

UNCOLLECTED (1987-89)

Devon Riviera

[Part II in Appendix: "Two Views of a Devon Riviera"]

First Things First

A Full House

Birthday Greetings

Chinese History of Colden Water [River poem]

Kore

Glimpse

If [River poem]

Mayday [revision of "Cuckoo" Primer of Birds]

Lines about Elias

 

from Wolfwatching (1989)

A Sparrow Hawk [Primer of Birds poem]

Astrological Conundrums

I The Fool's Evil Dream

II Nearly Awake [addition, not in the original Wolfwatching]

III Tell

Slump Sundays [Elmet poem]

Climbing into Heptonstall [Elmet poem]

Macaw [Primer of Birds poem]

Dust As We Are

Wolfwatching

Telegraph Wires [Elmet poem]

Source

Sacrifice [Elmet poem]

For the Duration [Elmet poem]

Anthem for Doomed Youth [Elmet poem]

The Black Rhino

Leaf Mould [Elmet poem]

Manchester Skytrain

Walt

I Under High Wood [Elmet poem]

II The Atlantic

Take What You Want But Pay For It

Us He Devours

Little Whale Song

On the Reservations

I Sitting Bull an Christmas Morning

II Nightvoice

III The Ghost Dancer

 

Capriccio (1990)

Capriccios

The Locket

The Mythographers

Systole Diastole

Descent

Folktale

Fanaticism

Snow

The Other

Possession

The Coat

Smell of Burning

The Pit and the Stones

Shibboleth

The Roof

The Error

Opus 131

Familiar

Flame

Chlorophyl

 

RAIN-CHARM FOR THE DUCHY (1992)

Rain-Charm for the Duchy

Two Poems for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen

  1. The Dream of the Lion
  2. Little Salmon Hymn

A Birthday Masque

  1. The First Gift
  2. An Almost Thornless Crown [also in the trade edition of Flowers & Insects]
  3. The Second Gift
  4. The Ring
  5. The Third Gift
  6. Candles for the Cake

The Song of the Honey Bee

Two Songs

  1. For Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
  2. For the Christening of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York

A Masque for Three Voices

The Unicorn

  1. X-Ray
  2. Falstaff
  3. The Unicorn
  4. A Unicorn called Ariel
  5. Envoi
 

 

UNCOLLECTED (1992-97)

Lobby from Under the Carpet

Three Poems for J.R.

I Waif

II Lovesick

III Atavist

Two Photographs of Top Withens [Elmet poem]

1984 on 'The Tarka Trail' [River poem]

Be a Dry-Fly Purist [River poem]

The Bear [River poem]

The Mayfly is Frail [River poem]

High Water [River poem]

Everything is an its Way to the River [River poem]

Why the '21st Child' Could Not Be Lifted

The Last of the 1st / 5th Lancashire Fusiliers [Elmet poem]

Snapshot [River / Elmet poem ?]

Playing with an Archetype

Epigraph

Old Oats

Anniversary [Elmet context]

The Oak Tree

A Trout? [River context]

Black Hair [Birthday Letters poem]

Platform One [Birthday Letters poem]

Comics [Elmet context]

Mother-Tongue

6 September 1997

 

TALES FROM OVID (1997)

Creation; Four Ages; Flood; Lycaon

Phaethon

Callisto and Arcas

The Rape of Proserpina

Arethusa

Tiresias

Echo and Narcissus

Erisychthon

Semele

Peleus and Thetis

Actaeon

Myrrha

Venus and Adonis (and Atalanta)

Pygmalion

Hercules and Dejanira

The Birth of Hercules

The Death of Cygnus

Arachne

Bacchus and Pentheus

Midas

Niobe

Salmacis and Hermaphroditus

Tereus

Pyramus and Thisbe

 

Birthday Letters (1998)

Fulbright Scholars

Caryatids (1)

Caryatids (2)

Visit

Sam

The Tender Place

St Botolph's

The Shot

Trophies

18 Rugby Street

The Machine

God Help the Wolf after Whom the Dogs Do Not Bark

Fidelity

Fate Playing

The Owl

A Pink Wool Knitted Dress

Your Paris

You Hated Spain

Moonwalk

Drawing

Fever

55 Eltisley

Chaucer

Ouija

The Earthenware Head

Wuthering Heights

The Chipmunk

Horoscope

Flounders

The Blue Flannel Suit

Child's Park

9 Willow Street

The Literary Life

The Bird

Astringency

The Badlands

Fishing Bridge

The 59th Bear

Grand Canyon

Karlsbad Caverns

Black Coat

Portraits

Stubbing Wharfe

Remission

Isis

Epiphany

The Gypsy

A Dream

The Minotaur

The Pan

Error

The Lodger

Daffodils

The Afterbirth

Setebos

A Short Film

The Rag Rug

The Table

Apprehensions

Dream Life

Perfect Light

The Rabbit Catcher

Suttee

The Bee God

Being Christlike

The Beach

Dreamers

Fairy Tale

The Blackbird

Totem

Robbing Myself

Blood and Innocence

Costly Speech

The Inscription

Night-Ride an Ariel

Telos

Brasilia

The Cast

The Ventriloquist

Life after Death

The Hands

The Prism

The God

Freedom of Speech

A Picture of Otto

Fingers

The Dogs Are Eating Your Mother

Red

 

HOWLS & WHISPERS (1998)

Paris 1954

Religion

The Hidden Orestes

The Laburnum

The Difference

The Minotaur 2

Howls & Whispers

The City

Moon-Dust

The Offers

Superstitions

 

UNCOLLECTED (1997-98)

from  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Some Pike for Nicholas

Brother Peartree

Shakespeare, drafting his will ...

The Prophet (after Pushkin)

 

A Dove [Season Songs / Primer of Birds / Wolfwatching poem]

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Appendix One: Notes and Prefaces by Ted Hughes

Appendix Two: Variant Titles

Appendix Three: Variant Lists of Contents

Notes

Index of Titles

Index of First Lines