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November 4th Fiona Benson

Wednesday November 4th
Tonight I reread some of Fiona Benson's Faber New Poets pamphlet.
Fiona was the first Faber New Poet.

I love Caveat and read it in a workshop yesterday.


                        But consider the cactus:
                        its thick hide
                        and parched aspect

                        still harbour a moist heart;
                        nick its rind and sap
                        wells up like sugared milk

                        from the store of water
                        held beneath its spines,
                        its armoury of barbs

                        and, once in a lifetime,
                        when the hard rains fall

                        there is this halo of flowers.