Tim Cumming: two poems


Photograph courtesy of Survivalphotos


Night Garden


Sympathetic herbs

in neglected pots.

The gods draw

their colours here,

cheeks puffed by

music and wine,

vibrating as if

they were not

pigments applied

but beings with

bodies and appetites,

a need for company

rising into the

canopy they make

of themselves.


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Stem


Stretching out

in imitation of

the bright foaming

architecture

of the brain

breaking bread

between body

and mind's

sensation of

itself, golden

ratios in the

curved stem

of wisteria's

first flowering,

buds breaking

in formation

like jets do

into the wild

blue yonder.



Tim Cumming’s collections include The Miniature Estate (1991), Apocalypso (1992, 1999), Contact Prin (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011) Etruscan Miniatures (2012), Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop (2015) and Knuckle (2019). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Forward’s Poems of the Decade, the WS Graham anthology The Caught Habits of Language and Bloodaxe Books’ anthology of poetry from Ireland and the British Isles, Identity Parade. He made the BBC4 documentary Hawkwind: Do Not Panic in 2007 and has shown his film poems at cinemas and festivals worldwide. He writes regularly about music and the arts for the British and international press, and his paintings have been exhibited at Slader’s Yard in Dorset and the Rowley Gallery in west London