Judith Bishop

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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