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ANTONY DUNN

 

 

Antony DunnAntony Dunn lives in Leeds. He has published three collection of poems; Pilots and Navigators (Oxford Poets 1998), Flying Fish (Carcanet OxfordPoets 2002) and Bugs (Carcanet OxfordPoets 2009). He edited and introduced Ex Libris, a posthumous collection of poems by David Hughes (Valley Press 2015) and his own fourth collection, Take This One to Bed, is published by Valley Press in October 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Poet with Dimmer Switch

 

 

Of all the home improvements he could make

he has made one—the installation of

a dimmer switch set in his writing desk

which, calibrated automatically,

maintains the light indoors a notch below

the light outside. This way he does not have

to see himself reflected in the glass

or, round him, all the things that prove him home.

 

This way he can address the changing of

the seasons and not once come up against

the two-faced, God-damned falsehood he’s become.

The daylight hours and summer months are fine

but afternoons’ and autumns’ drawings-in

precurse the wastes of hours spent in the dark.

 

He will describe the moon and stars, the sun,

the streetlights, from his window seat, and fail

to see the one illuminating thing;

whatever light out here falls in on him.

 

 

 

©2016 Antony Dunn

 

 

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