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Vicki Feaver

Vicki Feaver is currently preparing a collection of her poems.

Poem: ‘The Red Cupboard’

Vicki Feaver, 20 April 1995

After Pierre Bonnard

The woman’s cupboard, she’s stocked with jellies, chutneys, pickled limes

and bottles of blue-skinned plums that just to look at is to taste

their sweet green flesh. Inset in the wall, the inside’s painted the red of petals –

poppies, geraniums – of dream blood. When she opens the white door

it’s like opening herself. Among jars of...

Two Poems

Vicki Feaver, 27 February 1992

Crab Apple Jelly

Every year you said it wasn’t worth the trouble – you’d better things to do with your time – and it made you furious when the jars were sold at the church fête for less than the cost of the sugar.

And every year you drove into the lanes around Calverton to search for the wild trees whose apples looked as red and as sweet as cherries, and tasted...

Poem: ‘Right Hand’

Vicki Feaver, 21 November 1991

Ever since, in an act of reckless middle age, I broke my wrist learning to skate, my right hand

refuses to sleep with me. It performs the day’s tasks stiffly, stoically; but at night

slides out from the duvet to hollow a nest in the pillow like an animal gone to ground

in a hole in the hedge whose instinct says have nothing to do with heart, lungs, legs,

the dangerous head. I dreamed of...

Poem: ‘The Crack’

Vicki Feaver, 29 August 1991

cut right through the house: a black wiggly line you could poke a finger into, a deep gash seeping fine black dust.

It didn’t appear overnight. For a long time it was such a fine line we went up and down stairs oblivious to the stresses

that were splitting our walls and ceilings apart. And even when it thickened and darkened, we went on not seeing, or seeing

but believing the crack...

Two Poems

Vicki Feaver, 19 April 1990

STC

First there are the jokes about how it’s going on the ‘South Col’, or the ‘Big C’; but half serious,

as if you really had returned from inching your way up a vertical rockface, or sailing single-handed across his painted ocean.

Then I ask about them – those friends of yours I never meet, but you are now so intimate with you know the day-to-day state

of...

Poem: ‘The Elements at Spartylea’

Vicki Feaver, 19 February 1981

Earth

We’ve abandoned the garden – all those wasted hours! Only the poppies flourish. They make a virtue of scant soil, find nourishment in stones; on stems you’d think could scarcely bear the weight their green buds fatten.

Air

A good drying day: strong wind and sun. The trees are pruning themselves – twigs and broken branches lying at their feet. We turn to go back...

Poem: ‘Autumn’

Vicki Feaver, 7 February 1980

We are waking early now – filled with the urgency small animals must feel as they prepare for winter.

I had forgotten how cold it would be – like coming back after a summer of wandering lusts to an old lover.

And how beautiful – the corners of roofs floating in a white mist like pieces of wreckage;

afternoons when the sun burns through – dries the wings of dying wasps;...

Moving Pictures

Claude Rawson, 16 July 1981

Peter Porter’s imagination tends towards the epigram, but not quite in the popular sense which suggests brief, pithy encapsulations of wit or wisdom: Believe me, Flaccus, the epigram is...

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