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James Leader photoJames Leader is an award-winning poet and novelist. His poem "Fear" won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry at Oxford University. He was runner-up in the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize with his poem "Phoebe and the Troopship". His young-adult novel The Venus Zone won the annual Luxembourg National Literature Competition in 2016. He teaches English at the European School of Luxembourg.

 

 

 

Goethe in Rome

 

The fig tree breathes green flame

From its metal tip:

 

Ovid saw it, and Propertius,

And how the tortoise

 

Staggers, spring-drunk,

Across the grass

 

To mount a sleeping dog.

Lemons shine

 

In the tiny garden

Like a hundred yellow moons,

 

Morning glory binds itself

To every upright thing:

 

If I stay here longer it

Will bind itself to me.

 

When will Faustina come

And wrap her thighs

 

Around my head

And bid me eat?

 

All creation sings or barks

Or crows ‘I am here!’

 

And it is so,

Yet Saxony lies under snow.

 

 

©2018 James Leader

 

 

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