New poem from Ellen Cranitch

I’ve been a huge admirer of Ellen’s work since meeting her in Roddy’s group, and excited to be able to post a new poem from her today.



Pas de Deux

Two bodies lean in, drink long of one another.
He pulls away – agitated zapateado – curt,
quipping steps that slice the air, raid the stage
stillness. He’s all angles – the jut of his hips,
rack of his spine, his phrases’ jagged edge.
He hankers to connect but the space is against him.

And she is deep within herself, sleepwalking
in the byways of the music. Solitary; the curve
of her back, the careful developee. How softly
she cradles the air. The tilt of her head
is perhaps an acknowledgement, before all
returns within, to one body’s slow awakening.



Ellen’s currently working on a PhD with Don Paterson and was published by Carcanet in last year’s Oxford Poets Anthology.

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