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Six Poets: Richard Price

01/08/2013
Photograph copyright the British Library

Photograph copyright the British Library

Richard Price, the fourth of our Six Poets at the Fruitmarket Gallery, turns our gaze towards the heavens:

The Mutual Satellite Assurance Company Limited

A double-planet system –
the Earth and the Moon.

Stability,
maybe stability.

And maybe the moon – you know –
an equal – once.

Sisters – (a little big-sister,
a big little-sister) –

rough couplets,
two haloes of pressure,

mutual, unequal –
the solidarity of interference.

(Their desire to hold.
Their desire to hold back.)

from Small World (Carcanet)

 

Richard Price’s poetry collections include Lucky Day, Rays and Small World. He also writes fiction, as R. J. Price, most recently The Island, about a father and daughter who steal a car on a Particularly Bad Day.

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