READING JEREMY REED’S POETRY
It’s taken me many years to find them.
Now that I have, there is a charge –
discrete amounts written on purple
labels, the strings of which are tied
in bows to fleets of hovering clouds.
Eyes follow the lines, the mind follows
the eyes and then overtakes. Images
become a short series of juxtaposed film
rushes, shown daily in a large, deserted
open-air theatre. When people arrive,
they are each comprised of perfectly-
joined silver/gold symmetrical halves –
their bodies of fire and their faces
of facetted ice. They have a cat’s amber
eyes and an intrinsic fluid inner grace.
R J Dent is the author of a poetry collection, Moonstone Silhouettes, a novel, Myth, and a short story collection, Gothiques and Fatastiques. He is also renowned translator of European literature, including the Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus (2012), and Georges Bataille’s The Dead Man (2020).