Peter Hughes

In Issue 3 on May 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

Monday 8th October

they tied up the Temple of Apollo
in a canvas bag to keep the rain off
now it can’t see over the vale
to the sea past the charred leaves
of Arcadia for miles
conceptual art in pewter
copper & matt black
the dark edges of the road
feathered with soot
& printed shadows flicked the way
the roaring wind of fire went
limping & sprinting
some of those caught
on the tinder slopes died
some were elsewhere
& lost everything
but their scorched hunger
& a sifting ache
for continuity that still
whispers the landscape
hurts most where local people
through dignity pride or modesty
had already pared things down
in their old age
which was swept away
in one the century’s brightest nights
black empty tins on the lintel

Peter Hughes is a writer and artist who is based on the Norfolk coast where he runs Oystercatcher Press. His own poetry publications include The Metro Poems, Paul Klee’s Diary, Blue Roads, Nistanimera, The Sardine Tree and Physical Geography. His work on Berlioz can be found on Intercapillary Space, whilst the Pistol Tree Poems continue to emerge on Great Works.

The Summer of Agios Dimitrios is a sequence of poems written during a seven-week stay in the Mani region of southern Greece in the autumn of 2007. There are 49 poems, one for each day of the stay. The fishing village of Agios Dimitrios is where Peter and his wife Lynn were based, but ‘The Summer of Agios Dimitrios’ also means an Indian summer.

  1. Very good Peter,
    I am charmed with this way of flying with the senses and the history.

    Do not we know ourselves?


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