Judith Bishop

'Recital', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
26 October 2018

Watching others love
        is something
many do, I guess –
not so much a pastime
        as a mode

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Judith Bishop reviews 'Sun Music: New and selected poems' by Judith Beveridge

Judith Bishop
24 August 2018

The appearance of a New and Selected Poems by a widely loved and admired poet has all the pleasures of a major retrospective, but viewed alone, without the clamour of a gallery event. It More

Judith Bishop reviews 'Zanzibar Light' by Philip Mead

Judith Bishop
25 May 2018

There is a shimmering, ludic intelligence to this collection of poems, Philip Mead’s first since 1984. The word ‘comeback’ is apt, with its grace note of gladness for renewed possibi More

Jill Jones reviews 'Interval' by Judith Bishop

Jill Jones
27 March 2018

Judith Bishop’s Interval appears just over a decade since the publication of her first book, also using a one-word title, Event (Salt, 2007). This gap seems far too lon More

'The New Maps Keep a Weather Eye' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
27 September 2017

Bold shades of autumn leaf – or blazing embers’ light,
bright to extinguished, as if fires set
in hearths huddled closely in the dirt were offset
by pallid oceans with their artificial light.
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'The Grey Parrot' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
24 October 2016

The far city must make itself known
even here in the sitting room and
barred by winter branches. The skyline

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'Home' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
24 October 2016

The far city must make itself known
even here in the sitting room and
barred by winter branches. The skyline ...

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2006 Porter Prize winner: 'Still Life with Cockles and Shells' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
20 November 2014

(Italian, c.17th; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Life breathes in this painting like a child
pretending not to be awake,

or a skink metamorphosed to a stone
but for the flutter in its flank.

You have to lean and listen for the heart
behind the shining paint,

the lips half-open, and the glittering eye.

Velvet of the night. A ba ... More

Reading the Greek Myths

Judith Bishop
27 March 2014

for Sophie

You are seething; I am worried.
We have read the Greek myths.

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Openings

Judith Bishop
12 April 2011
I could say hello to things.
Theodore Roethke

i.
The hand’s wave,
when it comes –
formal, yet never once the same,
awkward sometimes,
sometimes half-
withheld –
from the sunlight of the brain
makes a shadow of intent.

Something alights
in the meadow of vision.
Shimmering,
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