Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

In the Billiard Room

In the Billiard Room

Raised map 		seamed by the spectre of 	stream
water, although fountains 				fell
silent beyond panel-					wood,
threaded …. the border of parkland under 		glass.

West Park, rolled…. around ….	Out-			woods:
shadow-staggered as the 	light 			fell,
out-	facing industry of 	metal and 	        glass.
Coloured cars pushed 	on-on-on 	down		stream.

Glass over 				                glass,
printing latin tags in 	light 	that 			fell
through a cold 		Snap!  To 			stream
between foreshortened towers and 	raised 		wood

inside the billiard room.  	Everything 		fell
into place, 	rolled….out-	for….			streams 
watchers  to see 	newmetal, 	old 		wood;
watch…. miles…. of little lights 	held 	under 	glass.
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4 responses

  1. mark goodwin . gone ground

    Room Glean

    raised water
    silent threaded West

    shadow out-coloured glass
    printing through between

    inside into watchers

    watch

    January 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

  2. mark goodwin . gone ground

    Beautiful poem! The form ‘fits’ the bill splendidly. Kind of an open field sestina. Really like the gaps in the map-structure of the poem.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks. It felt like a combination of gaps and straight edges. I like the idea of ‘open-field’ forms. Ridge and furrow writing; no enclosures….

      January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

  3. Roxie

    Aha! But where is it…

    October 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm

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