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Lorna Goodison appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica
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Thomas McCarthy shortlisted for Irish Times Poetry Now Award
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Poem of the Day
Lists and Likelihoods
The Vixen in the Coat of red,Taken from 'Ladies Almanack'...
The Hussy with the Honey Head,
Her frontal Bone soft lapped up
With hempen Ringlets like the Tup,
The Doxy in the Vest of Kid
Rustling like the Katie-did,
With Panther's Eyen dark and wan,
And doves Feet to walk upon.
The Jockey with the Pelvis plump,
The high-hipped Wrestler with the Rump
Of yearling Mare, firm, sleek and creased,
The Tamer smelling like her Beast,
The starry Jade with mannish Stride,
The Sister Twins in one Sash tied,
The humpback Jester at her ease,
Her Jollies coiled on their Trapeze.
The Virgin with the Patridge Call,
Stepping her rolling azure Ball,
The Queen, who in the Night turned down
The spikes of her Husband's Crown
Therein to sit her Wench of Bliss
The whole long Year will be like this!
For all the Planets, Stars and Zones
Run girlish to their Marrow-bones!
And all the Tides prognosticate
Not much of any other State!
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