Spring Tune

This reading was recorded by Alessandro Mistrorigo for Phonodia in Venice, Italy, on the 15th of October, 2013.

Read by Philip Morre on 15 October 2013

Spring Tune

A not-quite sparrow-song, not heard before
– sounds like he's guying next door's
washing-line – a new species maybe:
passer venetus, unknown to aviaries?

This fellow, whoever, he'll not be seen;
he's hunkered down in the celandines
– ranunculus ficaria, the lesser ones –
daft with laughter at his own lewd fun.

Fat Gianna tugs at her stubborn cord;
her bell breasts tell of none of my wives;
anon-bird reprises his skit without words,
and I'm pleased as he is to be I and alive.

from The Sadness of Animals (Canterbury: San Marco Press, 2012).

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