Judith Bishop

'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', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
27 March 2014

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

This anger of yours feels like
a distant thunderclap

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'The Blind Minotaur', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
15 November 2011

Night’s the ground beneath my feet
since I learned to walk with you.
Scented guide with birds and flowers on your breath,

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'Openings', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
12 April 2011

I could say hello to things.
Theodore Roethke

i.
The hand’s wave,
when it comes –

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