Sarah Lawson

Sarah Lawson is a writer and translator whose poems have appeared in Faber’s Poetry Introduction 6.

Poem: ‘‘Hamlet’’

Sarah Lawson, 12 November 1987

This actor is no more Danish Than I am; no more murderer or prince Than I. Chances are He’s never seen a ghost.

Elsinore is a stage with sets And curtains. The wardrobe mistress Worked half the night On Gertrude’s third-act gown To get it right.

The gravediggers dig a trapdoor Halfway down to where the props are kept.

The fights need late rehearsals; Hamlet and Laertes relax At...

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