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Marriage

by David Harsent

Marriage is divided into two distinct sequences: the first a sensuous depiction of conjugal life, the second a raw take on sexual politics. Veiwed throughout with a painterly attention to detail, the poems evoke the autumn of life with colourful, luxurious language. A great indulgence.

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Full length in the bath, you are wasp-
waisted, long legged, high breasted: you are just as you were
The water is skimmed with sunlight from the cusp
of your feet to the wide weed of your hair.

from XXIV

Parallels

  • The paintings of Pierre Bonnard
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
     

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